Professional U.S. farmers share some of their wisdom on growing 2000-pound Halloween pumpkins. As entertaining as it may seem, professionally growing pumpkins for Halloween carvings is never easy work.
- Ron Wallace’s previous World Record achievements
- Ron Wallace’s secret recipe for growing 2000-pound Halloween pumpkins
- Previous World Records for incredibly large vegetables
Ron Wallace was always passionate about pumpkins in general and Halloween carving designs for pumpkins in particular. Unfortunately, regular-sized pumpkins are usually not sufficient for his excessive imagination, so Wallace spent 27 years finding the best solution to grow Halloween pumpkins the size of a car.
As expected, Wallace has many pictures of pumpkins to prove his farming abilities. The World Record diplomas he has received also stand as a proof for the vast experience he has gathered in this field. Yet, growing 2000-pound Halloween pumpkins is not as easy as it may seem.
Wallace claims the secret to growing giant vegetables and plants is to get the right seeds and this is the part where it all begins. Growers have to be able to distinguish between counterfeited seeds and good ones as there are many fake products sold on the Internet.
The second step would be to constantly supervise the plants and trim them as they start to grow. Wallace admitted he manually pollinates the pumpkin plants because he likes to choose the pollinator (father) and the seed (mother) on his own. This way, he can keep the bees away and prevent cross-breeding pollination.
During the 27th years of experience, Wallace has learned that water is the crucial element when trying to grow giant Halloween pumpkins. Squashes can grow 45 pounds per day if they get the proper amount of water. During drought conditions, growers must manually water the pumpkins; otherwise, they won’t grow very big.
Of course, there is always a special ingredient that farmers find on their own after years of experiments. Ron discovered the Wallace Organic Wonder, a fungi-based ingredient which boosts all vegetables’ growth. Last year, Wallace produced a 5-pound tomato thanks to the tricks he has been applying.
Growers are dedicated persons who usually work all year round, something people rarely think of when looking at pictures of pumpkins, be they giant or normal. Growing a 2000-pound Halloween pumpkin has been an expensive adventure for Wallace, who estimates that he spent thousands of dollars on special products. Growers can sell pumpkins for $1 a pound, but the collected money rarely covers the expenditures.
Previous growers received World Record prizes for heaviest Halloween pumpkin and longest long gourd, but there are many other competitions. This year’s season will be rich in pictures of pumpkins considering that many American growers have signed up for World Record competitions.
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