Welcome to the Indiana Pumpkin Growers
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March 23rd, 2023 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
1701 Medical Arts Blvd, Anderson, IN 46011
Seeds will be available with your membership in March 2024
Our seed auction will be hosted on www.bigpumpkins.com Saturday, March 2nd 2024 8:00 pm
You will need to be a registered user, but it’s just an email and password and not shared outside the website. Go to “Chat Activity” Click in IPGA Seed Auction”. The chat window will open. Follow the bidding and bid in the chat. Instructions for payment will be in our auction details. Use this link at PumpkinFanatic.com to learn about the seeds you are bidding on (picture, progeny, color and genetics).
The auction order is determined via a drawing. We just happened to draw towards the very last… Please watch the other auctions, but save most of your money to support our club at our auction. We will have an excellent selections of affordable and “high end” seeds.
This will be your best chance to buy seeds for next year! Please buy your premium seeds for next year from our auction to support our club.
End of the year “Pumpkin Drop” (Steve Strickler’s 2,054# state record)
Mikkal Hodge, Jim Gatewood and Brad Walters
Jim was a founding member of our group and had the initial idea for the “Top Ten” list many years ago. He and his family were strong supporters of the IPGA. We will miss this devoted pumpkin grower.
Now that our official weigh off season is over… we have some congratulations to spread around!Click here for the GPC Jacket award program for 4,300 lbs.As a club we put 5 new pumpkins into our top 10! 2054 Strickler 1964 Friermood 1783.5 Gunther 1768 Friermood 1753 Hodge Congratulations to all of the growers this season! Looking forward to what 2024 brings!!First is to Steve Strickler for setting a new Indiana State record at 2054 pounds!! It is Indiana’s first one ton fruit!!! Second is the accomplishment of Todd Friermood this growing season. Todd got 3 fruit to 3 different scales this year in pursuit of a GPC Jacket. Todd weighed a 1495 at Oakland Nursery, a 1964 at Operation Pumpkin, and a 1768 at Fair Oaks Farm. The threshold to get a jacket is 4300 pounds between 3 fruit. Todd crushed that number by nearly 1000 pounds with 5227 pounds of pumpkin!!!
New Indiana State Record: Steve Strickler, Bloomington, IN 2,054 weighed in Dublin, OH
2023 Weigh-Off contests:
State Fair weigh-off results: www.bigpumpkins.com click here
New World Record!!! 2,749 pounds Travis Gienger from Anoka, MN
The pumpkin was weighed at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay, CA
The Spring meeting in Tipton was a huge success. Many ideas were shared and friendships made. Please plan to attend next year! Here are a few YouTube channels and products we discussed… Your results may vary!!
PDF download from the Purdue Website
How to grow a giant pumpkin?? Get your soil tested, then start on our links page and work your way through the articles. Finally, attend one of our events and visit with other growers!
- Western Labs Atlantic Giant Pumpkins soil testing
- A&L Great Lakes Laboratories – Fort Wayne, IN soil testing
“TOP TEN” overall page for each of the following categories:
Orginally published in the N.E.P.G.A. Newsletter – June, 1996
If you are looking for quality seeds for this year, 2022, please click on our Membership tab for instructions on how to join our group and receive seeds. Your membership helps support our club’s weigh-off activity in the fall and provides seeds for growers. If you just want seeds, join and we will send you seeds. There are no responsibilities and we will just keep your contact information in our group. We will have premium seeds available during our auction on www.bigpumpkins.com over the winter. Generally, they sell from $10-$100 per seed or packet of seeds. The best deals are early in the auction! This auction is a “donation” to support our club activities and allows you easy access to premium seeds from across the U.S. and the world.
Phil Groenewold from Dyer, IN 1st place 1,360 pounds
Loading his pumpkin, below:
Steve Strickler new Indiana State tomato record: 8.355 pounds
Squash vine borers (one of our biggest threats). Click here for Purdue article. Note: Sevin dust or spray will not kill squash vine borers. Spray insecticide under your leaves and on the vines for control.
It starts at 1:15 into the two hour Zoom meeting. The whole two hours is interesting to pumpkin growers. 1:41 starts “How fungicides work”
You can upload photos, mail samples or physically take samples to the lab for analysis.
They have a reserved pay parking for drop-off behind Lilly Hall
If you plants are dying from fungus or pests, this is a great service to figure it out for next year!
Roundup (glyphosate) tip: Always use soft water so you don’t have to add ammonium sulphate. If you are spraying a generic version, add one ounce of Alligare 90 or some other surfactant to 4 gallons of spray. If the Roundup label says 2 oz/gallon, add exactly that. Don’t mix it “hot”. Just be patient. Give it two weeks to work for great results and a full kill.
Another guide from Matt DeBacco (Connecticut)
Pumpkins start on page 120. Download the complete guide click here.
Steve Strickler from Bloomington, Indiana pumpkin carving 2019
Get your soil testing done! Google: AMS 401.04 7/8″ x 21″ to order a soil sampling probe $50
Take your sample to your local Co-op or fertilizer plant $15 for soil test with micro-nutrients. You don’t have to be a farmer with a large order, they are happy to help any gardener.
Want to grow Atlantic Giant pumpkins this year?? We are here to help you.
Click on the Membership link above. Donate $20 to join and support the club.
Membership runs from January 1st until December 31st.
We will mail you plenty of great seeds to get started. April 15th is the date to start them germinating.
(Example of seeds received with membership)
The trick is to keep the plant alive from April 15th through September 15th.
Generally that means keeping the bugs and fungus off the plant.
Guide to growing from one of our friends from another state. Click below:
This is a 34 page guide. There are less detailed instructions, but this is comprehensive!