Giant pumpkin growing success can come down to a couple of different things, good seed, good soil, and a huge amount of luck over the season. In this post I am talking about getting the best pumpkin seed you can.
In the how to section of the website you will see that I have written about where to get seeds from, what the numbers mean and a little bit about the genetics of a seed, I won’t be covering all of that again, as there is no point re writing it, but I do suggest you check it out if you are wondering about those things.
What makes the best giant pumpkin seed?
The aim of the game is to have a pumpkin that is bigger then everyone else. To achieve this goal it helps if a seed is from a big pumpkin, of course there is no guarantee of this happening, but the probability of this happening is a lot more likely then if you used a normal pumpkin seed.
Use a known performer, or use something else?
If you are lucky enough or have the cash, you too can have a seed from a record holding pumpkin. This is a great start, but remember your results may vary, due to location, fertiliser, planting, luck, and the genetics of your seed may be a bit different from the other seed.
You may see a seed that you like that might be from a nice orange colour pumpkin, or it was from a pumpkin that weighed heavier then expected, these are ideal candidates to maybe cross with a better seed in the hope the offspring produces something amazing. A lot of this is trial and error of many years, so don’t be to taken back if your results aren’t the best.
Checking the genetics of a seed
Read what other people are saying about the seeds they have used, check out http://www.bigpumpkins.com/ and do a search to see where it has been mentioned.
What I am going to use
I am still undecided on what seed I actually am going to use, I have to do some research on the ones I currently have sitting here (check out the pic below) or if I am going to spend some money and get something from the US.
At the end of the day
You will either fall into two distinct groups:
- The casual pumpkin grower, who is growing for fun, and as long as you have a giant pumpkin seed to put into the ground you are happy or
- You are getting a bit more involved in the giant pumpkin growing scene, and will need to look at genetics and performance before making your decision.