Giant Pumpkin Competition
The Rockhampton Agricultural Show is calling all green thumbs to get involved in the Giant Pumpkin Competition!
With prime growing season about to commence, we are calling all budding (and seasoned) gardeners to get their soil and pumpkin seeds ready and start growing their pumpkins.
Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Grand Champion of growing the Heaviest Pumpkin? Plant your seeds today and be in with a chance!
Get in touch with the Rockhampton Agricultural Show committee today to get your seeds. Then find your pumpkin patch, plant your seeds and watch them grow!
Seeds kindly donated by Russell Vogel, Grand Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of The Caves Show in 2019 (pumpkin weight of 355.2kg).
Email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 4936 8800 to arrange your seeds.
RUSSELL VOGEL’S TOP TIPS FOR GROWING GIANT PUMPKINS
›› Prepare a minimum space of 6x6m for growing
›› Pumpkin’s traditionally grow during the summer months and mature in Autumn
›› Plant your seed 4 months or 13 weeks prior to time of picking
»» First 4 weeks – the vine will begin to grow and flower. Use some U shaped pins to secure the vine and protect it from the wind.
»» Second 4 weeks – the pumpkin will set. Once set, place a bed of sand under the pumpkin for good drainage and cover with shade cloth.
»» Set the pumpkin at a right angle from the vine.
›› Use a soaker hose and water every day
›› Giant pumpkins are heavy feeders so use plenty of manure/fertiliser – Russell uses double the amount of recommended fertiliser usage
›› Beware of Downy Mildew – use an anti-fungal spray weekly
›› Beware of rodents
›› Transport to the Rocky Show on a pallet (the Rockhampton Show team will have a forklift to assist your delivery at the Rocky Show)
Thank you to our sponsor Lawrence's Holden for making this competition possible.