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- Current Location:Gainesville, FL 8b
- Current Mood: hopeful
- Current Mood: awake
Florida pumpkin growing is very difficult. The heat and high insect and disease pressure make it a hit or miss affair at best.
Several tips are.
Do not water the foliage. Water the plants through a soaker system, or some type of flood system that will allow the leaves to remain dry. If wilting is a problem from the heat, a misting system is recommended, but must be shut off early enough for the plants to dry off before nightfall.
Practice a religious fungicide and insectice spray program. Spray in the evening at dusk, never in the morning, and use the smallest recommended dosages. Pumpkins in florida are very susceptible to leaf burn from chemicals due to the high heat and intense sun conditions.
A shade structure for the entire plant is very beneficial. Greenhouse grade shade cloth, of about 30% light blockage is a very good idea.
Be very careful of using florida well water. It is very often high in many minerals that over time can reach toxic level with pumpkins. Have your well water tested, never use water from a softening system to irrigate, and if neccessary, install a filter for your irrigation.
Floridas growing season is different than up north.
For best results, plant in late Feb, or in August to take adavantage of the milder weather.
The thing about not getting the leaves wet or watering at night has always seemed silly to since once our rainy season stops there's not much we can do about that. It rains at night and it just rains and the leaves get wet. This is another factor that make growing these fun plants so hard. Our second season for growing starts now in September. August is better for Pumpkins though. I am a bit late, but there are still too many bugs in August. I'm growing some ball luffas and a few other cucurbits. Most only need about three months so we can just make it into Dec before it really gets cold in Jan and Feb.
Cross posting to cucurbitaceae
- Current Mood: hopeful
For those wondering, The 2 ltr bottles are for my "compost tea" it's a homemade liquid fertilizer, and the bike wheel I found and gave it new life as a vine trellis (it works wonderfully for that). The rug I crocheted myself using clothing too worn/holey to wear or pass on or donate. took me months to make, i'm so proud of it.
- Current Location:Lakeland, FL
- Current Mood: bouncy
This little vine is only found along lake Okeechobee in Florida and the St. John's River. It may have been more abundant at one time but because of habitat loss it's now very rare. This is a very interesting article about the rediscovery on the St. John's River. I am happy to see that William Bartram is getting some credit for possibly being the first to document this cucurbit. William Bartram was one of the last true naturalists and one of the first along with his father in America. Few people had set out to catalog the flora and fauna of American but William and John Bartram were a few of them. They lived in the 1700's in President Jefferson's time, who also was a naturalist himself.
This PDF document is more scientific than historical and has some very nice info on this little gourd. Now one thing I find odd is that this plant could likely be saved quite easily if people could plant the seeds in their own backyards. Just like heirloom vegetables we might be one of the few that could keep it going. They have successfuly raised it at Bok Tower Gardens which is the only place it grows in captivity. Gourds are easy to raise when they aren't being ripped out of the ground so there really is not reason this species couldn't be mass bred, seeds saved and re-introduced in to parks where they would be protected.
Cross Posted to cucurbitaceae
So has anyone grown this thing? Any advice you can give me?
- Current Mood: curious
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Also growing and soon to be picked I have bell peppers, eggplants, tobasco peppers and TONS of cucumbers, as well as more tomatoes. Everything grown organically. Despite the fruitworms, hornworms and stinkbugs I have managed to get some for myself. Yay! :-D Zone 8b - North Florida.
x-posted to gardening and my journal.
But why didn't one of my plants die? I noticed that they looked like red honeysuckle and weren't like my pink and purple ones. I believe mine to be the variety called Gartenmeister.
You can see why they look like honeysuckles so much.
Gartenmeister is heat tolerant and derived from another variety that looks exactly the same called F. triphylla
These are nice but I still wish the purple ones could grow here. Well there is one other variety that can grow here and looks similar to the classic Fuschia look.
This is F. magellanica. Notice the long petals that's similar to Gartenmeister. It's possible that these longer flowers stand up to the heat better. I found this informative quote off of someone's journal.
F. magellanica 'Riccartonii' and "Gartenmeister Bonstedt" being derived from the heat tolerant F. triphylla, it blooms through all but the steamiest part of the summer.
This is good news indeed and there is hope for southern fuschia lovers.
There is also this link from The American Fuschia Society that talks about what can be done to help our plants out.
Fuschias are also shade plants but even with this they are picky. Full sun will burn them, but they don't like deep shade either. I think an ideal spot for them is under dappled sunlight or a very light shade tree.
I hope this is helpful and that we can set out these wonderful hummingbird magnets. I picked up more of the Gartenmeisters yesterday that I stumbled up at a store.
- Current Mood: hopeful
I found this big cucumber! I'm glad I did before it got over ripe. It was hiddent under the leaves so who knows how long it had been there.
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I currently have five ball luffas which I'm thrilled about and three Hubbard Squash. One on each of my plants. The tomatoes are getting fruits so everything is going so well. If it stops raining I shall update again.
- Current Mood: ecstatic
I also have some pictures to share and I shall put those behind the cut.
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Ok folks, please don't forget about this place. How are your gardens doing?
- Current Mood: energetic
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This is just one small section on the corner of the road. I'm going to put the rest behind a cut because there are many.
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I worry that this year that field won't be as spectacular as it was last year. Last year it was pink to the horizon. I hope I didn't miss it but I'll keep checking until phlox season is over. It's interesting how the whites are the rarest. There are Reds too but I have only ever seen them on the St. Pete side.
So have the rest of you seen phlox along the roads or know of any locations were they are just totally abundant?
- Current Mood: jubilant
Excited (looks like a Tabebuia)
Infuriated (looks like our beautiful summer storms)
It takes a while to instal a mood theme I found out. I'll do my best to pump some life into this place and try to gather some members. Please do help spread the word about us. I've made a temporary profile as well. I intend to color it up nicely and add some images so it's not just ugly boring text. And I went through and removed members who's journals had been deleted. So now we're pruned up. Our affiliate sister site is cucurbitaceae for growing gourds, pumpkins etc.
I certainly don't know everything about gardening. I've only be doing it since 2005, so let's help each other out. So, how does your garden growing?
- Current Mood: productive
What happens when you plant a scallion from the supermarket?
My husband bought some scallions back in October. I thought this one was rather cute and I snatched it to see if it would grow in my garden. Here's what happened as of today.
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I'm looking forward to planting more veggies in my raised beds very soon. Also wanted to mention a new community called cucurbitaceae for those that love to grow Gourds, Loofahs, Pumpkin, Cucumbres etc. Please join.
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Im not sure why this comm. is dead, I know there has to be more then 20-something people on lj who are in Florida & Garden.
anyways, this is my intro post, which I should have done when I first joined.
My name is Stephanie, Steph or Stephi, Im 28 (old I know.) I just moved back to my moms house, because of personal reasons, & my mom & I decided that my boyfriend I should buy her house off her so she can retire & go rv'ing & get a time share at the beach like she always wanted, my boyfriend isnt living here at the moment, he is still in Austin, Tx. where we used to live, he was born & raised there, while I was raised in Florida
Im new, to this comm. & Gardening, not new to lj though. I live in Central Florida, Altamonte Springs to be exact. I have alot of questions & I plan to post pictures of my gardens in progresse, before, during, after (winter) etc. so I hope this comm. will get going again, if it needs a new mod Id be happy to help but only as far as spreading the word & such as I am no plant expert. I have several Gardens that are all in the process of being started, in the middle of or finished & being maintained. We have a very large back yard, & our front yard isnt to bad either, Our house is basically a rectangle that faces south. I have a rose garden, flower garden, herb garden, succulent garden, shade garden & several fruit tree's, soon to be more garden types also, with a regular lawn inbetween each one.
Edit: I put this behind a cut because I blathered on WAY to much, most of the important stuff is above the cut.
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I'm in South Florida (Miami). Do you think I can plant garlic cloves right now?
- Current Mood: curious