Giant pumpkin weighs in at 711 pounds 10.10

Written by David Green.

Growing by an average of 10 pounds a day, this pumpkin just wouldn’t stop expanding.

But then again, that’s what’s expected from this variety. Even the seeds of the Atlantic Giant are...gigantic.

Reaching the 711-pound finale was no easy task, said Beth Tuckerman, program coordinator at the Parr Highway Correctional Facility.

“They’re like big babies,” she said, and they’re very susceptible to disease.

Seeds for the Parr facility pumpkin patch were donated and planted May 8. Once in flower, the blooms were carefully hand pollinated to maintain the genetic integrity of the plant. A record of the genetics proves to be valuable information to other growers.

The pumpkin was “born” July 4 and reached its maximum size 69 days later. Other growers were consulted for advice about disease prevention and how best to address disease that arose during the summer.

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