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Subject:  Is Stem Length genentic

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Decatur, Indiana

So I'm trying to set my (ever-changing) line-up for this year. My main goal is HD quality and red-orange (obviously big too haha!). I've got a few other quality big seeds but I'm really liking the 689 Donahue because of its stem length. I think it'd be nice to get that quality into future generation pumpkins consistently. But it is on the small side, weight-wise.

So would it be worth pollinating it with something much bigger and see where that leads, or just go for guaranteed big/orange from other seeds?

I'm only allowed to grow 2-3 plants this year, per the Mrs.

2/20/2019 2:20:05 PM

Big T Hoff

Hadley Ny

Stem length varies per kin..I grew several off one plant last year and some were long...grew em because off the long stem....some were short ..others was long..one I didn't pay attention to out on the lawn in august had a stem about a foot long...genetics from both sides to deal with not including traits in ancestery...I only grow orange!!!

2/20/2019 6:56:43 PM


Decatur, Indiana

I'm going orange-first this year. I think I have my line up down to 6-7 lol. Still need the list smaller tho.

What seeds you planning on growing Big T

2/20/2019 7:33:38 PM


Dillonvale, Ohio

Keep the baby pumpkin shaded, it wants to reach the sun, so the stem gets longer. Point being, you can help it have a longer stem, so don't worry about stem length too much

2/20/2019 8:39:20 PM

Big T Hoff

Hadley Ny

Still deciding..10 in my personal patch..some of mine,Young, Gansert,Gouin, Seelow and House will definetly be in the mix

2/21/2019 6:37:56 AM

The Gridiot

10,000 BC Younger Dryas 2

I had a very short stemmed one go a bit short on the progeny also. I would vote yes. But I agree sunlight could be a big factor...

2/22/2019 1:16:13 PM

Big T Hoff

Hadley Ny

Looking for red/orange..907 Young, 923 Gouin, 681 Gansert, 1229 Seelow, 523 House and these guys all have many great orange genetics..many HDs from these growers..check diaries..Good Luck..Orange Rules..ask Norm

2/22/2019 2:49:13 PM

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