World Heaviest Pumpkin Records

Welcome the original pumpkin record page. This is the official page for identifying the World heaviest pumpkin records per country. If you have a pumpkin record, and you don’t see your country, please send me an e-mail and I will address several questions. Please question me on these records. I even had one person submit a record for some Island […]

History of the Jack of the Latern

Pumpkins are carved into Jack O’Lanterns for Halloween. We bake them into pumpkin pie.  Tales of terror have used pumpkins to create an eerie atmosphere. How did the pumpkin become associated with Halloween? Well, the answer is in the tale of an unfortunate soul named Jack According to Irish folklore, a man named Jack, well known for his drunkenness and […]

10 Steps to a Giant Pumpkin – by Don Langevin

For many of us, fall means a bounty of pumpkins for pies and jack-o’-lanterns, along with a gathering in of the rest of the autumn harvest. But for thousands of backyard gardeners, fall is the time of reckoning and – for a lucky few – glory. These are the growers of the heavyweights. For them, pumpkin growing is a competitive […]

How to weigh a giant pumpkin

How to weigh a pumpkin To calculate your pumpkin weight, you need to obtain three measurements. If you have a large pumpkin, get a measuring tape longer than 100 inches. If you only have a metal measuring tape, be sure to get some string to be used as your measuring tape. Now let’s begin. Be sure to use the graphics […]

Starting the Giant Pumpkin Seedling

The first 9-10 days of the giant pumpkin plant’s development requires special attention to ensure a good start of a properly grown seedling. An understanding, by the grower, of the development and growth of the pumpkin seedling (and the entire plant & fruit) is necessary in an effort to eliminate any variables and set goals. This is most often gain […]

How to Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin (supplement) – by George Brooks(Note: Click on the small images to view a 400×296 image)   The first Stage of Pumpkin Mound building, broad tapered sides are formed to capture the Spring sunshine. Next, an area in the middle is hollowed out and a heating cable, (optional), is laid in the bottom. It is then covered […]

Porky Pumpkins Tip Scales at 1000-Plus Pounds

Web Alert: Porky Pumpkins Tip Scales at 1000-Plus Pounds By NANCY STEDMAN & STEVE DITLEA October 11, 1996 To the four-minute mile and the eight-foot high jump, add yet another legendary performance barrier, shattered just last Saturday: the 1,000-pound pumpkin.   Paula and Nathan Zehr from Lowville, N.Y., set a new record last weekend with their 1,061 pound pumpkin. Credit: Associated Press […]

Hand-Pollinating Pumpkin Plants

Hand-Pollinating Pumpkin Plants PROBLEM: My pumpkins keep flowering and setting fruit, but the fruits (pumpkins) keep withering up when they are an inch or two long. I’ve tried putting wood under them, thinking they were rotting, but that hasn’t worked. Now I am wondering about soils, too much water, insects? Any suggestions? LIKELY ANSWER: Do you have bees (pollinators)? Sounds like […]

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin – by George Brooks This article was originally written for a September time frame especially the Compost Section. Keep this in mind and adapt it to what ever time of year you are starting. Start planning for next year to improve your chances of growing a big one. The following article is about one method that […]

Direct Start Method of Pumpkin Growing

I first developed this method approximately nineteen years ago for growing squash and have been refining it ever since. It is intended to produce the largest vine possible (12’+) by the ideal fruit setting date of June 20 to July 10th (based on my growing season). The second benefit is to obtain 80 to 90% of the pumpkin’s growth by […]