Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds
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!