I mentioned in Friday’s post that I thought we had a possible pumpkin on our plant. Well, I was wrong. But not that far off from the truth. I did a little research this morning on pumpkin plants (and plants of the same family) and discovered they have two separate flowers for male and female. I could have let Nature do her thing but I decided to help move the reproductive process along. Here’s a visual history of our pumpkin plant.
Last year we dumped our Halloween pumpkin into a hole in the yard and filled it over with old potting soil. We weren’t trying to be clever, just trying to fill in a hole. We had no idea a pumpkin plant would spring forth at the beginning of September.
Once I realized we had a pumpkin plant it went on my garden watering list. We also, thanks for our landlord put a temporary metal fence around the plant for protection against critters. It began to grow and grow! In no time it out-grew it’s little fence and I decided to build a proper enclosure with a Chicken Wire Fence.
When I moved over to the female flower I discovered it had closed. Please don’t think ill of me–I pried it open and swished the Q-tip across the flower’s Stigma. So with any luck we will have our Halloween pumpkin! 😀