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25 Jul 18 LynnStinten (Australia - tropical climate)
I am just south of Townsville and planted Qld Blue pumpkin seeds in early April in good soil with correct PH levels. Plenty of space to run and good sunshine and watered daily. The plants grew well for about 6 weeks producing masses of mostly male flowers?? I had plenty of bees doing their job, but still only got two pumpkins that didn't reach maturity before the plants died off about 2-3 weeks ago. We did have a couple of 6deg nights but nothing lower. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Cheers
29 Jul 18 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Temps are read 1 m above the ground. Temps can vary quite a bit in a district. I would say the plants had frost on them. Male flowers come first (to attract the bees I believe) then you will have male and female. Try again now.
27 Jul 18 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Lyn - the first sentence in the notes - frost tender. 6 degree nights - offical temp is taken 1 meter above the ground. So ground level may have been frost. It says to plant April to July -I'd be inclined to plant July and plant out late August after frosts. Pumpkin usually have male flowers first (to start attacting bees I believe) and then the female and male after that.
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