A beekeeping colleague is having issues with the stems of giant pumpkins he's...

Asked August 7, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

A beekeeping colleague is having issues with the stems of giant pumpkins he's raising for the Great Frederick Fair. A picture is attaches as well as his answers to the questions above: Dill Atlantic Giant 2.5 months old each pumpkin 150 200 lb. Vines huge Couple days ago About the same. today noticed like a clear jell looking stuff. Pumpkin stem Full sun with tarp over pumpkins Soil soft Only watered with a soaker hose Seven a few times Copper fungi. And milk for powdery mildew

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

From the photo that you sent it does not look like a disease issue on the stem of the pumpkin. The fruit and vine look okay. The stem is getting corky and large. It it possible that it is just the way the fruit is growing and there is not much you can do. It would be okay to cover the pumpkin with a shade cloth. A tarp may block too much light and hold too much moisture.
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