C.maxima (120 days) This is the pumpkin you see on the news around Halloween that takes a forklift to move it. Atlantic Giants easily average 400-500lbs and with a little tender loving care you could compete for the record which is 2009 lbs! Joe Jutras took the worlds record in 2007 with a 1689 pound Atlantic Giant! The first giant pumpkin ever grown over 1600 pounds! To put that into perspective that is half as much as a 2009 Volkswagen beetle car!!!
Update: The Latest world record winner this year is Ron Wallace who grew a 2009 pound pumpkin. Ron broke the record in 2006 with his 1502 pound pumpkin. Now six years later he breaks the record again with the first ever one ton vegetable. (see picture)
You won't be doing any "punkin chunkin" with these babies. We know a guy that grows these locally to lease them out to wineries and events around Halloween. He has to move them with a big fork lift and transports each one on its own trailer, they are that big!
This is a GREAT project for the kids, most young gardeners and the young at heart. Wouldn't you get excited about winning the county fair with one of the giant babies!
In the book The Perfect Pumpkin Gail Damerow devotes an entire chapter on growing prize winning pumpkins. This book contains everything you need to know to grow a whopper!
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.