Growing pumpkins is not a big deal, but growing giant ones needs extra attention. You can use different kinds of fertilizers, both organic and inorganic, to provide your pumpkin with the essential nutrients to grow.
Milk is one of the oldest organic supplements that contain a lot of minerals and vitamins that help the pumpkin become giant. Calcium is usually known as the main extract of milk and is considered a bone booster in humans.
It also does the same for pumpkin and strengthens the cell walls. These strong walls structure prevents cracks in pumpkin’s outer skin and saves the fruit from rotting.
Here we will discuss the use of milk to grow a giant pumpkin.
Grow A Giant Pumpkin With Milk
Farmers have been using milk to nourish pumpkins for a long time. There are several ways to use milk for growing giant pumpkins. Here we will talk about the two proven ways of using milk for nourishing the pumpkin.
The first is watering the plant with milk, and the other is to perform a plant surgery to infuse the milk for extra growth. Let’s take a look, turn by turn.
Use The Watering Method To Nourish The Pumpkin With Milk
There is a variety of milk available in the market, whole milk, half cream milk, skimmed milk, and many more. For better growth of pumpkin, you need to find cow’s or fresh goat’s milk.
It is much better than stored milk as stored milk goes through various processes that kill almost all good and bad bacteria for long life.
As whole milk rots very soon when exposed to hot temperature, you need to have diluted milk to avoid any rotten status. Before watering the milk, dilute it with water in a 10:1 ratio. Calcium and other nutritious elements work well in liquid form, and plants can use these elements easily as nutrition.
Now water your pumpkin with this diluted milk like regular watering. Make sure to pour milk on soil so that the plant can get rich nutrition from roots. Alongside the milk watering, take care of pests and regularly spray to prevent diseases. Your pumpkin will need one inch per week of irrigation for better growth.
The watering milk will enhance the growth of your pumpkin as compared to others. It will also change the color and taste of the pumpkin. The color will be close to orange, but the flavor will be milkier.
Use The Wick For Milk-feeding Your Pumpkins
Using wick is an easy method to milk-feed your pumpkin for becoming heavy and extra-large. You don’t need any specialized equipment for this surgery; you need a sharp blade, a wick, a milk container, a bandage, and of course, your time too.
Prepare The Vine For Milk Feeding
It is vital to select a healthy vine that can yield a giant pumpkin. If there are many blossoms on one vine, the feed intake will be divided into all blooms, and you cannot get the desired giant pumpkin. So, you have to select the one healthy blossom and remove all others.
- Go to your pumpkin field and pick out a healthy vine.
- With a sharp knife, cut off all the branches and stems except the one you selected.
- On the selected vine, choose one healthy blossom and remove all others.
- This blossom will yield into a giant pumpkin with the milk-feed.
- Make a small straight cut on the selected vine with a sharp knife below the blossom.
- Tearing or pressing will damage the stem cells and ultimately damage the plant.
- Be careful the vine should not split apart.
- The slit should be shallow enough to hold the wick inside.
Inserting A Wick Properly
It is the most vital part of your preparation for getting a giant pumpkin. Special attention and some expertise are necessary to perform this grafting. Follow these steps to do it properly.
- Take a wick; it can be a candle wick or lantern wick or can be a strip of cotton cloth.
- Carefully insert one end of the wick inside the slit that you made on the vine.
- Be careful; the slit should not spread apart while inserting the wick.
- Bandage the slit carefully, keeping the wick inside without any damage to the vine’s interior structure.
- The bandage will hold the wick inside the slit and also protect it from any insect’s intrusion.
- The pumpkin plant needs careful handling as you do with living things to protect them from any infections.
- You have done the grafting successfully.
Prepare The Source Of Milk Feeding
The good milk source ensures the milk feeding to your plant to yield a giant pumpkin. Follow these steps to set up a milk source.
- Dig the mud and make a hole underneath the slit.
- Take a Mason jar and fix it in that hole.
- You can take some bowls, but your cat can take advantage of that bowl to drink the milk.
- Fill the Mason jar with milk.
- Dip the wick inside the jar and let it absorb the milk.
- Here the osmosis process begins, and your pumpkin starts taking the milk feed through the wick.
- You can use the stem instead of the vine for grafting the wick, as it is a regular practice by many farmers.
- Whether you use vine or stem for milk-feeding, make sure your pumpkin soil receives one inch of water weekly, it may be rainfall or manual irrigation.
You have finished the setup for milk-feeding your pumpkin. Now you should take care of your Mason jar daily and not let it dry. It needs more of your attention when the weather is pretty hot and dry.
Your pumpkin will take the milk-feed from the mason jar continuously. This extra nutrition will help your pumpkin grow bigger and heavier than the neighboring pumpkins that don’t know about any milk feed.
It takes about 120 to 145 days for the pumpkin to mature well. When it exceeds 36 inches diameter, cover it with some wooden shade or cloth. Excess sunshine can crack the outer skin that may lead to rotting your hard-earned fruit.
Milk-fed pumpkin will be paler from outside as compared with orange pumpkins. The outer skin will be thinner, and it will be hollow from the inside when you cut it. Also, the inner side of this milk-fed pumpkin will be paler.
Your milk-feeding pumpkin will need regular irrigation and pet’s treatment to prevent any plant disease. The milk-fed pumpkin gets a significant boost in size and weight, but it is not cost-effective in any way.
You can win a prize in a pumpkin size competition, but it is not feasible for commercial purposes!