Pumpkin vines dying but pumpkin still green.

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MichelleC

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Pumpkin vines dying but pumpkin still green.
« on: September 02, 2011, 19:37 »
My Jack O'Lanterns have suffered terribly with Powdery Mildrew despite using Yellow Sulphur at the first signs. However now the plants are dying back and some of the pumpkins are still green. Shall I cut them off with stem attached and will they ripen? Or just cut the leaves and leave the pumpkin attached to the plant to ripen.

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Re: Pumpkin vines dying but pumpkin still green.
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 19:46 »
I've been trimming off the worst mildewed leaves other than that I've left them to get on with it.
The growing tips of mine are still healthy and green, so there is still life in the plants.
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MichelleC

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Re: Pumpkin vines dying but pumpkin still green.
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2011, 19:56 »
If the growing tip is dead. Will the pumpkin still ripen off the plant?

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Re: Pumpkin vines dying but pumpkin still green.
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2011, 11:31 »
I have successfully ripened pumpkins and squash off the vine. Put them in a really sunny spot and they should turn. My experience is that they don't store as well as ones fully ripened on the vine and then cured - I didn't have time/enough sun to both ripen and cure these ones, but you may. If the plant is definitely dead then go for it! ;)

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Re: Pumpkin vines dying but pumpkin still green.
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2011, 15:48 »
I have a similar problem with my pumpkins - I have cut off the leaves and left the pumpkin attached to the withered vine, they are beginning to go orange. So I am hoping all will be well.


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Re: Pumpkin vines dying but pumpkin still green.
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2011, 22:07 »
i am having same problem with my pumpkins and squashes most leaves have mildew or dying although growing tip is still green have cut loads of leaves off and non producing runners and now just hope they ripen



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