poor fruit set% & if they do set they stop growing at about 30 days

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Posted by pamarcole on December 02, 2001 at 18:43:03:

in the last three years i have had 4 plants i have hand pollenated most all females myself, about 25 - 30 on two plants just this last summer. i only get (if i'm lucky)one pumpkin to set per plant. then at about 30 days they stop growing (they run 100-130 lbs. at 30 day's) ?????? after the pumpkins stop growing i leave the plant run it's course the rest of the season and let the bee's go to work......still no fruits will set. my soil is great here in iowa, that shouldnt be a problem. i've had soil test's done, nothing to far out of line. i fertilize per, how to grow world class giant pumpkins, i bury my vines and give them about 800 sq. feet of room.
i have been told to get a pathogen test done and check for high levels off fusarium in my soil. i will be doing that, but i'm hoping thats not the problem because if it is i may not be able to grow there and it's the only back yard i have!
so in short....why dont my fruit set, and why do they stop growing when they have started?

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