PUMPKIN Dill's Atlantic Giant
World's Largest Pumpkin!
The world record at the time of printing is 827 lbs. grown in Puyallup, WA-in 1992. The pumpkins have fairly smooth medium orange skin. While this pumpkin is grown primarily for exhibition and competition, the flesh can be used for cooking. Approximately 125 days to maturity. Make sure to leave enough room for the long vines. Can be grown in sunny landscape beds or between rows of corn.
Special Directions For Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds directly outdoors after danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed. For earlier plants start seeds indoors 2 to 3 weeks before setting out. Plant 3 to 4 seeds in hills 6 to 10 ft. apart. Cover seed with 1/2 inch fine soil firmed down.
THINNING & TRANSPLANTING: For prize-winning pumpkins, thin to the one healthiest plant per hill, otherwise leave 2 or 3 plants per hill.
GERMINATION: One to two weeks depending upon soil and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Plant in full sun in deeply tilled well-drained soil high in humus with adequate moisture. Keep well fertilized in balanced amounts. Prune all but one or two pumpkins per plant to which the plant will concentrate nutrients for growth. Carefully place a board or some straw under maturing pumpkins to keep them from being bruised by moist soil.