Genetics

Follow these tips to grow extra-large pumpkins in your garden

Award-winning giant pumpkins on display at the Circleville Pumpkin Festival.

Cinderella rode to the ball in a coach that her fairy godmother crafted from a pumpkin in the garden. A fairy tale, yes, but growers of giant pumpkins (Cucurbita maxima) are able to routinely grow pumpkins the size of a small car, if not the size of Cinderella’s horse-drawn coach! In fact, the world record for the heaviest pumpkin ever grown was recorded last year in Italy and weighed in at 2,702 pounds, which is heavier than some compact cars!

Mike Hogan

If you’re looking for a fun gardening activity for your children or grandchildren, growing giant pumpkins could be just the thing to keep the kids engaged in the garden all season long, as the process can be fascinating for children and adults alike. Even if you have already planted pumpkins in the garden, here are some tips that will help you maximize the size of the fruit in your garden this season.

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