Only one of my pumpkins has begun the process of turning orange, which began about a week ago. It’s the largest pumpkin and I’m hoping the others begin to follow suit. I’m unsure how long the “oranging” process takes and I don’t want to be late for Halloween! Patience is a virtue.
On most of the pumpkin vines I’ve clipped the vines just after the first developing pumpkin. I’ve found that if a second pumpkin grows, it usually yellows anyway. Through my research I’ve found that doing so allows the vine to focus it’s energy to the first healthy pumpkin and it will get bigger as a result. Makes sense! Plus this prevents your yard from becoming one pig pumpkin patch! Although I must admit that pumpkin growing is so fun that I’ve envisioned myself buying some land later in life and growing all different kinds of pumpkins and then opening the patch to the public at Halloween. My family and I went to Lavender Hill Pumpkin Patch last Oct and let’s just say I was inspired. 🙂
If you live in San Diego or Riverside County, Lavender Hill Pumpkin patch is a family run, intimate setting with plenty of photo ops and varieties to chose from. Lavender Hill Pumpkins