Great tips on pollinating your Giant Pumpkin from @mybackyardharvest, thanks for the tips 😀
It's pollination day! So many people have asked how this is done so feel free to follow along at home 😃
1. Cover the male and female flowers up with a bag the night before they open (to avoid cross contamination with other plants and smaller pumpkin species). The female flowers have little pumpkins at the base of them. The male flowers have no pumpkin and a long stem.
2. In the morning and all flowers have opened in their bags, pull off the male flower petals for easy access.
3. Open up the female flowers petals and rub the male pollen all over her. The more pollen the better.
4. Close up the female flowers petals with a rubber band or hair elastic.
5. Cool her down with some ice bags or frozen water in bottles until they melt. Pollination of Atlantic Giant pumpkins usually isn't successful in Sydney's heat and humidity.
6. Wait ten days to see if it's successful. The pumpkin will usually keep growing but if pollination hasn't been successful it will start to rot after 10 or so days.
Ta da! 🤗😂 #giantpumpkin #pumpkin #collectorpumpkinfestival #gardeningtips