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Topic: Pumpkins: The, er, 4th Generation  (Read 997 times)
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« on: August 13, 2011 11:47:09 AM »

It all started in May of '08. I planted 4 varieties of pumpkins: Howden, Small Sugar, Jack-Be-Little and Baby Boo, plus some saved seeds from a random pumpkin someone gave me the year before. Then I planted their seeds the next year and so on and so forth. Now, here in '11, my founding pumpkins children grow..


and grow...


and grow!


Muahahaha! I shall take over the world with my army of FrankenPumpkins!

Cough. Right, well, evil intentions aside, it's been really cool to see what each new generation brings. The first crop entirely from saved seeds produced some wild ones. Some were normal but some looked like giant bananas while others were warty. Last year there were a few banana-shaped ones but they were orange instead of yellow. Mostly, though, they were small to medium sized, round or oval, and smooth: perfect for Jack-o'-Lanterns! This year they look like they'll have the same properties as last year's. One other note: each generation has ripened markedly faster than the one before.

Also, I should note that this was not done in a sterile environment and I have no idea what kind of genetics are behind the random gift pumpkin, so don't expect the same results if you try those 4 varieties for yourself. After all, a mad scientist has to have part of the market cornered  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2011 12:17:16 PM »

You are my hero for the day. I wish I didn't live in an apartment so I could do this kind of thing. Your pumpkins rock!
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2011 12:20:36 PM »

Pumpkin jealousy!  Good job!
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