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07 Jan 19 Wayne Cronin (Australia - temperate climate)
My butternut pumpkins are growing well but when the pumpkin gets to a good size approx 100-150mm long it goes brown and dies off. It is about 38 deg here the last week and I water twice a day (morning and late arvo) Is it the heat or too much water or needs some fertiliser???
14 Jan 19 Craig (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Wayne, I planted my pumpkin seedlings last September and luckily it happened to be next to a lavender bush which attracts bees. It gave me 4 pumpkins which ended up growing under the lavender bush and next to the fence. I watered it a few times and then it just took care of itself. But they do tend to prefer growing under or around other plants for shade.
08 Jan 19 Carl (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi Wayne, A possibility is they are not being pollenated. Are there bees in your garden? I would suggest pollenating the flowers yourself with your fingers gently. Touch the male, then touch the female flower. Good fun. Carl
10 Jan 19 Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
Usually the un-pollinated little pumpkin only grows to about 50-70mm then shrivels up and dies. I had one grow to about 6
08 Jan 19 Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Try growing them early in the planting season. Start seedlings in August Sept. Mulch around the plants and give a good watering twice a week. I don't grow things in summer too many problems. You probably have some disease or grubs. Do some research on the net.
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