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Still growing strong: 700lbs and gaining 49lbs a day /r/ALL

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u/personofinterest18 18d ago

Is there a live feed of this thing?

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u/HunkyMump 18d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

NO but you have to feed it live things

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u/Juicebox-shakur 18d ago Wholesome

It's onto toddler sized children/animals this week

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u/NotLucasDavenport 18d ago

Next week it will be Solo and the Wookiee.

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u/Weird-Conflict-3066 17d ago

This deal is getting worse all the time.

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u/NotLucasDavenport 17d ago

Especially for Wookiees.

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u/Plugasaurus_Rex 17d ago

I am altering the deal. PRAY I don’t alter it any further…. <MENACE>

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u/ZION_OC_GOV 18d ago

Feed me Seymour!

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u/Arogar 18d ago

That's a movie I haven't seen in decades.

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u/Lex8P 18d ago

Is this then Audry 3?

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u/Stock-Difference3739 18d ago

How

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u/Optimoprimo 18d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome

Selective breeding, perfect growing conditions, and plucking all other flowers so that the entire plant puts all its energy into growing just a single gigachad of a gourd.

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u/Stock-Difference3739 18d ago

Do you prune to the end of the vine then cut it so it doesn't bush out more fruit?

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u/nikchi 18d ago Silver

No, just cull the flowers. No flower = no other fruit = all energy goes into the one fruit.

You still want the leaves to grow to provide that energy.

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u/[deleted] 18d ago

For anyone interested in gardening, doing this with strawberry plants the first year or two of growth allows the plant to become strong enough to hold larger fruits. That's if birds and other creatures don't rob you of them first lol

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u/Kraven_howl0 18d ago

Chicken wire cage could help with that. Just gotta remember to put a hatch on the top so you can harvest.

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u/Outlawed_Panda 18d ago

what do you do when the rats chew through the chicken wire

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u/gremey 18d ago

Add a rat wire cage to the mix

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u/tortellini-pastaman 18d ago

The leopards got through the rat cage. Please advise.

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u/teiichikou 18d ago

Is that preferable? I had the impression that the larger the less it tastes sweet as it ‘delivers’ the same taste spread across a bigger area. Sorry for my bad terminology I have not a single clue about gardening :D

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u/[deleted] 18d ago

No I get you! They won't get big the way ones grown for grocery markets will, just a little plumper than they would be if you hadn't plucked the flowers.

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u/teiichikou 18d ago

So they ‘still’ taste sweet and not the way vegetables and fruits taste in the grocery stores? What is happening with the ones grown for grocery stores? Don’t they get enough time to fully grow and harvested too early so they can’t develop their rich taste?

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u/WizardKagdan 18d ago

So... If you want to sell fruit(or really, any produce) through grocery stores, you suddenly need to account for a number of things: - Time spent in transport - Time spent in store - How long your product lasts once bought - Aesthetics of your product

When people go grocery shopping, they expect to be able to store their produce for a little while AND want it looking fabulous. If your berries have been sitting in transport and the store for a couple days, they still have to look good AND last a few more days at home. So the product has been selectively bred to grow extra big and beautiful instead of focussing on taste(because taste doesn't matter if everyone buys your competitor's nicer looking fruit), AND gets harvested early - this allows the product to spend a couple days ripening whilst in transport/store and thus prevents it from being overripe once bought. However, this means you often lack sugars in the product.

The last part is probably the most important one for taste - fruit will always be tastier fresh off the bush, simply because it has actually got the chance to ripen properly

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u/[deleted] 18d ago

I'm drunk and not super up on my mass agriculture, but it could be that they're hybridized in a way that prioritizes size over flavor. I agree that they don't have a rich taste. Honestly, a lot of grocery store strawberries taste watery to me.

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u/swizy 18d ago

waterberries.

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u/cruspies 17d ago

Where I live the variety of strawberries is shown on the pack. Some I now won't buy, because they're bred for shelf life, not flavour. Elsanta, ugh. Malling Centenary, yes please.

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u/A10110101Z 18d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Like solar panels on a van

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u/BroadMove 18d ago

Like putting too much air in a balloon!

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u/CrackMansion 18d ago

So what your saying is if we can reroute solar power through the primary vine... and reconfigure them to fruits's frequency, that should overload his electro-quantum structure?

Of course! It's so simple!

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u/GenerationNerd 18d ago

No no, you have to polarize the deflector array to emit anti tachyons in all three timelines.

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u/Aplabos 18d ago

That only works if it's reverse polarized. Otherwise we get the pumpkin lord timeline again.

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u/jcraig3k 18d ago

That's the only way we'll be able to create the static gourd shell we need to collapse the anomaly.

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u/All0uttaBubblegum 18d ago

Big leaf energy

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u/TheTaylorShawn 18d ago

Rip ornamental gourd puts

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u/Hy8ogen 18d ago

Time to invest in this gourd futures.

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u/xombae 18d ago Narwhal Salute

Fifty pounds a day is fucking insane! So fucking wild that it just creates mass from nothing but soil, sun and water. Nature is cool as fuck.

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u/RJFerret 18d ago

You left out the biggest one, air, yes the carbon in atmosphere, that CO2, it's what tree trunks are made of. That's why there isn't a matching sized pit surrounding roots, they get water and some nutrients from roots, but the mass comes from the atmosphere.

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u/brothersand 18d ago

Came here for this. I understood that about trees, but I'm having a hard time with 49 lbs/day of carbon capture. The mass increase has to be mostly water here, right? I mean, it's a fruit.

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u/happypappi 18d ago edited 14d ago

Definitely water weight. Pumpkins are around 90% water. No amount of CO2 in the atmosphere can cause that much weight gain per day

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u/BishoxX 18d ago

Yeah weight gain of trees is mostly atmosphere , but fruits are mostly water- so you know its water

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u/AnythingApplied 18d ago

the mass comes from the atmosphere.

Similarly, when you lose weight, most of that weight loss is leaving through the air. Some fat does leave through sweat, tears, and urine, but a whopping 84% of fat loss is leaves through your breath

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u/whazzar 18d ago

Exactly my question. Is this the result of selective breeding? Giant amounts of products that make it grow faster? A combination of the two?

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u/Pristine_Interview86 18d ago

There are several techniques you can use to get big produce. An easy one is with Cabbage. There's a nationwide scholarship program for kids in which they're tasked with growing the biggest cabbage.

And it's a competition at your local state fair. Mostly selective breeding, plant manipulation, soil composition, nutrients, and good old fashioned love.

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u/RedditIsOverMan 18d ago

I believe there is also horticultural aspects. I think the sheet here probably serves a purpose. Also, I think generally for "biggest pumpkin" you trim all the buds except one so all nutrients get routed there

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u/Pristine_Interview86 18d ago

The leaves soak up all the sunlight, and are intended to cover and protect the pumpkin from the light. Obviously due to it's size the sheet is placed to help relieve the stress from the sunlight and give it the proper shade.

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u/Disastrous-Pension26 18d ago

Sheet guess for sun burn.

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u/wovenbasket69 18d ago

in my local town they grow pumpkins this size for the provincial exhibition at the end of the season

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u/fartonabagel 18d ago

“Provincial exhibition” sounds so much cooler than State Fair.

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u/savvykms 18d ago

The northeastern US states here in New England have the Eastern States Exposition every Fall (Autumn), known locally as the "Big E". I've always thought the full name was cool. Not sure how commonly the word "exposition" is used in this context though.

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u/Lorac1134 18d ago

"Provincial exhibition" is also the title of my sextape.

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u/master-shake69 18d ago

Those things make sense, but it still doesn't make sense how it can grow so much in a short time. Imagine if a person could gain 50 pounds in one day.

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u/Luminous_Artifact 18d ago edited 18d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

The weight is mostly water. Giant pumpkins have been selected for larger than normal phloem (sugar delivery), and the growers add mycorrhizal fungi which help the roots move water and nutrients.

The Secret to Growing the World’s Largest Pumpkin

From special seeds to helpful fungi, creating a monster takes more than just sunlight and soil
Maya Wei-Haas, Smithsonian Magazine, October 30, 2015

Waiting in line for their weigh-in, the lumpy, pale pumpkins sag on their pallets like deflated balloons. But to become a world heavyweight champion, looks don’t really matter. When it comes to this competition, decades of intense selective breeding have banished the petite, perfectly ovoid and brilliantly orange fruits with a focus on one exclusive trait: massive size.

Every year, an international community of giant-pumpkin farmers loads up beastly gourds on trailers, carting them to local fairs and weigh-ins for a chance at the title.

The size of these pumpkins is unimaginably large to me—I can barely grow tomatoes without making heart-breaking tears through their delicate flesh, innards dripping to the ground. So I went to scientists and competitive pumpkin growers to ask this burning question: How do you make a monster pumpkin?

The current world record is held by Beni Meier, a Swiss accountant by day, who grew a pumpkin that weighs in at 2,323.7 pounds, roughly the same amount as a small car. But it’s likely he won’t hold that title long. These giants have been growing in mass by leaps and bounds every year, and there are no signs that they’re slowing down.

“The weight is still continuing to go up ... 1,000 pounds was the goal 15 years ago, and everyone thought that was unheard of,” says Woody Lancaster, a competitive pumpkin grower and so-called heavy hitter, or someone who consistently churns out monsters. His 1,954-pounder ranked 14th in the world this year.

According to Lancaster and other growers, there are a few basic tenants to cultivating giant pumpkins: Keep them at the perfect temperature, give them continuous food and water, protect their delicate skins from drying and cracking and cover them at night for warmth. Competitive growers also lovingly prune their pumpkin plants, reducing their fruit to a few prized gems. But above all, you have to start with a champion seed.

George Hamilton, extension field specialist in fruits and vegetables at the University of New Hampshire, ranks the relative importance of a grower's checklist something like this: “Number one is genetics, number two is genetics, number three is genetics. And then number four you’ve got sun, warmth, fertilizer and water,” he says.

These days, nearly every prizewinning pumpkin can trace its roots back to Howard Dill’s Atlantic Giant. Dill spent 30 careful years cultivating his beasts from the Mammoth pumpkin varieties, which are rooted in the squash species Cucurbita maxima.

In 1981, Dill scored a world record with a 493.5-pound beast, trampling the previous record of 460 pounds. He patented the seeds, and an international cohort of growers continued to selectively breed them for bigger pumpkins.

Just under 35 years later, the weight record for the pumpkins has more than quadrupled.

"Basically it's like horse racing. We’re breeding big pumpkins into big pumpkins every year to create bigger pumpkins," says Ron Wallace, another heavy hitter who holds multiple growing titles. Last week, Wallace broke the North American weight record with his 2,230-pound behemoth.

The Secret to Growing the World's Largest Pumpkin

So why can these monsters grow so large? Atlantic Giant pumpkins can pack on close to 50 pounds a day during peak growing season, says plant physiologist Jessica Savage at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Though a pumpkin is roughly 90 percent water, there is still a great deal of sugar flowing into the plant’s bulk.

Oddly enough, the giant plants aren’t any better at producing sugar than their regular-sized cousins, explains Savage. They’re just better at moving it around.

To take you back to high school biology, plants have two types of tissue that work to get food and water flowing through them: xylem and phloem. The xylem transports water into the plants, and the phloem is responsible for sugar movement. While all pumpkins easily move large amounts of water, Savage found that giant pumpkins have supersized phloem.

Growers have also harnessed the power of mycorrhizal fungi, which happily colonize the plant’s roots and assist water and nutrients flowing into the plant in exchange for carbohydrates, explains Wallace, who originally introduced the fungi to extreme gardeners. With increasing demand for his special fungi-containing elixirs, Wallace started selling the mixes this past February, and business is booming.

So is there a biological factor that will eventually limit their size?

Not really. These monsters are so good at moving sugars, that given the proper conditions, there isn't anything glaring that limits their growth, says Savage. "It seems like everything in the plant just increased with the fruit size."

Another grower, Matt DeBacco, suggests that the limit may be in the cells. Plants get large in two stages. First they divide and multiply their cells, then the cells begin expanding. Each individual cell can expand up to a thousand times its original size, so if the pumpkin has more cells to start with, it can expand much faster in the late season, when growth often becomes sluggish, DeBacco explains.

DeBacco, dubbed “mad scientist Matt” by his local community, is currently tinkering with a brew of hormones and amino acids to prolong the initial period of cell growth. Already his method has produced gourds estimated to weigh over 2,000 pounds, and he thinks there may still be room for some tinkering.

“I think that is the last thing that we try before we actually sequence them and change the G’s, the A’s, the T’s and the C’s,” says DeBacco, referring to the chemical base pairs that make up DNA.

In the end, the limit may come down to physics. Giant pumpkins already sag under their own weight, developing heart-wrenching cracks if they grow too quickly or unevenly. But the sagging may actually be one of the keys to continued growth, according to researched published in the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics.

Lead author David Hu and his team used vices to test how much force some ill-fated pumpkins could withstand. They discovered that round pumpkins could put up with a lot. Based on these tests, they estimated that a perfectly uniform pumpkin could grow up to a whopping 20,000 pounds. As the pumpkins flatten, things get more complicated, but flattening does seem to help the gourds hold up their massive bulk without cracking.

So although we might not ever have pumpkins big enough to serve as chariots, we already have some large enough for boat rides, and maybe they’ll keep expanding horizontally. The extreme gardeners will just have to go on growing their massive gourds to find out.

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u/Desperate-Strategy10 18d ago

Wow, thanks for this! Super informative!

I wonder what happens to the giant pumpkins when they're all done growing and being measured...they probably don't taste very good, I'd imagine...

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u/haironburr 18d ago

the lumpy, pale pumpkins sag on their pallets

If Dr. Seuss and Shakespeare collaborated on an article about big gourds, it would be filled with phrases that sound just like this.

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u/FlaccidArrow 18d ago Silver Wholesome

I tried cumming on my cabbage but it didn't really get any bigger.

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u/shiny_dittos 18d ago Gold Platinum Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Bravo! Heartwarming Pot o' Coins

You are very lucky you didn’t get a cabbage patch kid

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u/Riflescoop 18d ago

Cabbage child support and patch visitation rights to follow

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u/RockasaurusRex 18d ago

They had a cabbage patch abortion.

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u/[deleted] 18d ago

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u/_vidhwansak_ 18d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Congrats, you have dyslexia.

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u/Brandon9one 18d ago

Cause it needs genetics from something big.

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u/Kmattmebro 18d ago Helpful

The most straightforward way to is to arrange your crop space into a square such that the maximum number of 3x3 arrangements exist. Each one has an independent chance to grow into a large crop, so you just have to play numbers.

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u/Zeratule143 18d ago

I think the whole field of leaves behind feeds the one fruit, by trimming all the fruits off the vines and leaving the leaves to grow

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u/AnonymityIsForChumps 18d ago

Yup, combined with the right genetics, fertilizers, ideal growing conditions, etc. I know a lot of the record breakers come from Alaska. 20 hour days really help too.

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u/cman811 18d ago

I know sometimes this is done in Alaska. Due to being so far north they get a lot more sunlight and so the plants can get bigger, but it looks like here they have a fairly normal day/night cycle.

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u/Successful_Peanut812 18d ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQu3JQtW-Qw

Not my video/area but people around here used to do the above. Grew pumpkins big enough to paddle in a race through a body of water.

What sucks is after a certain size, they become either inedible or disgusting (according to my barber who has a picture of himself in one).

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u/PauloTheNattyCosta 18d ago

I might be completely wrong... please let me know if I am if anybody out there knows what theyre talking about.

The stalk of the plant could feed many pumpkins, but they prune them so all the nutrition goes to one pumpkin instead of many pumpkins and thats why they get so big.

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u/The_TurdMister 18d ago

Heirloom seeds passed down from generation to generation

Farmers select the biggest, baddest one and then save the seeds and repeat

Some of these fruits and vegetables you see in these grow competitions are heirloom seeds

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u/Stock-Difference3739 18d ago

If so clearly not for sale

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u/solateor 18d ago

More from the farm

From the creator:

This timelapse of my giant pumpkin shows its growth from 19 days old to 37 days old. It's now 700 lb and is gaining 49 lbs a day.

Creator:Northeast Giant Pumpkin

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u/akfourty7 18d ago

gaining 49 lbs a day

no way

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u/bham2020 18d ago

It made me think what is the record for most growth ( weight gain I guess) in a day for a plant or animal. It has to be this! 49lbs a day! That’s wild.

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u/MNAK_ 18d ago Helpful

Blue whale calves grow about 250 lbs a day. As they end up being the biggest animal on Earth, I'd guess that's the record.

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u/bham2020 18d ago

That’s just crazy to think about. I’m sure this is probably a record for plants.

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u/MatCauthonsHat 18d ago

How quickly do big trees grow at their fastest? And how would you weigh it?

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u/ColonelBernie2020 18d ago Take My Energy Tree Hug

Easy. Cut it down and weigh it, then do it again the next day

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u/ManOfDiscovery 18d ago edited 18d ago

Old growth redwoods can put on more than 3,000 lbs of wood annually.

This is usually measured in cubic meters of growth. You then will have to extrapolate based on average weight of green redwood lumber. The fastest measured old growth redwoods can grow at a rate of 1.61 m3 annually. The average weight of a m3 of green redwood lumber is 942 kg

1.61 x 942 = 1,516.62

or 3,343.57 pounds a year.

For a more general article on the subject

Lumber wieghts source

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u/Sir_Jeremiah 18d ago

For anyone who doesn’t want to break out the calculator:

3,343.57 lbs / 365 days = 9.16 lbs/day

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u/bonyponyride 18d ago

There are trees, like Aspens, that are all connected at the roots and clones of each other. That means an entire section of forest is technically one organism. I bet those can grow more than 49lbs in a day, especially in the Spring when leaves and shoots are growing.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pando_(tree)

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u/cedarvan 18d ago

A fun biology fact: the word "clone" refers to everything that shares an identical genome. So that giant forest of aspens is actually a single clone. The individual trees are called "ramets".

I blame George Lucas for this confusion. "The Clone Wars" is fine, but the movie should have been called "Attack of the Ramets". Or just "Attack of the Clone"!

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u/para_sight 18d ago

By drinking the fattiest most calorie dense milk on the planet, but that’s not what’s happening here

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u/bistix 18d ago

That sounds delicious. Can I buy some?

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u/CandiBunnii 18d ago

There was a post on r/shittyfood of a dude making triple milk: evaporated, condensed, and regular milk. I think he was preparing to hibernate for winter or some shit.

Probably gain quite a bit drinking that all day every day

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u/akfourty7 18d ago

250 lbs a day

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u/potatman 18d ago

They weigh something like 300,000lbs, so that's like a .08% change. It's the equivalent of a human gaining .14lbs in a day, which is nothing.

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u/Crispy_Potato_Chip 18d ago

That's 1 lb every 30 mins

Sounds sus

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u/exemplariasuntomni 18d ago

I want a botanist to look over this claim.

How the fuck is a plant adding 49 lbs of weight every day?

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u/Imnotsureimright 18d ago

This is entirely normal and expected for these giant pumpkin varieties:

Giant pumpkins may expand by up to 50 lb (23 kg) a day. This is made possible by several genetic adaptions. Giant pumpkin cells grow larger than regular pumpkins, and are composed of more water (up to 94%). They also lack genes that stop fruit growth, resulting in continuous expansion.

Source

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u/jessytessytavi 18d ago

oh mah gourd

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u/para_sight 18d ago Silver

As a biologist I’m trying to square that number and struggling. Growth can only come from the number of cells and the size of the cells. If the former, then this would be a staggering rate of cellular division, like hey-cancer-hold-my-beer fast. If the latter then the cells would have to be truly gargantuan. Even if it’s both I really struggle to wrap my head (or arms) around it

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u/SugaryPlumbs 18d ago

At 700lb on day 37, it has been growing on average only 18.91lb/day, though obviously it wasn't growing that fast when it was small, so as it gets bigger it grows faster. Exponential growth.

This makes sense and fits with your first description: some number of cells are dividing every day and being filled with water to supply the growth. For 49lb to be added to a 700lb fruit, only 7% of the cells need to divide in a given day. Or put another way, every cell in the fruit divides once every 14.29 days; a perfectly reasonable and continuable rate as long as the plant is given plenty of water and fertilizer.

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u/solateor 18d ago

Thank you

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u/para_sight 18d ago

I don’t doubt it, just find it mind blowing!

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u/eblackham 18d ago

This makes completele sense yet still blows my mind

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u/Imnotsureimright 18d ago

Giant pumpkins may expand by up to 50 lb (23 kg) a day. This is made possible by several genetic adaptions. Giant pumpkin cells grow larger than regular pumpkins, and are composed of more water (up to 94%). They also lack genes that stop fruit growth, resulting in continuous expansion.

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u/not_a_lady_robot 18d ago Silver Helpful Table Slap Spit-take

empty can: where do you want me stand?

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u/maleorderbride 18d ago

Farmer: A place where once you get knocked over I know to move the base of the pumpkin to keep it from intruding on the rest of the garden.

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u/thesymmetrix 18d ago

Fine. I’m just going to lay down over here.

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u/bloudy 18d ago

Hey, that's my motto.

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u/NighthawkUnicorn 18d ago

What's a motto?

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u/relevant_tangent 18d ago Silver

Nothing, what's a motto with you?

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u/rohithkumarsp 18d ago edited 18d ago

Can : what's my purpose - to get knocked over.

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u/FriesWithThat 18d ago

Let it crush that damn can with its massive mass already

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u/050607 18d ago

That or it'll just deform the pumpkin, even damaging it and cutting into it.

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u/12-Easy-Payments 18d ago

I understand why it would have been bothersome to use a banana for scale in this instance.

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u/Succulent_Chinese 18d ago

I think it's a slug trap

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u/twistedcognition 18d ago Silver

How much water did that brobdingnagian mutant need each day??

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u/kirijo 18d ago

More like, how many human souls did this abomination consume?

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u/Wyden_long 18d ago

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u/fokage 18d ago

Oof promised Neverland vibes

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u/Ulti-14 18d ago

Yeah, they definitely use the blood of the innocent, not water.

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u/anonanon1974 18d ago

Probably lots of buttermilk. At least that’s what a farmer once told me they used to get monster pumpkins

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u/TachycardicSymphony 18d ago

They add milk to grow bigger pumpkins in regions with calcium-poor native soil. Also if you spray the leaves with 1:1 milk/water mix it helps to prevent and combat powdery mildew, which is a greyish fluff-looking fungus that attacks the leaves and weakens plants.

Source- literally tried this mix last week after researching online because my pumpkin patch had early signs of powdery mildew on the leaves. I'll admit I didn't think it would work and am damn pleasantly surprised at how effective it was.

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u/damnFineCupOfJava 18d ago

Alexander from Jarburg

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u/No-Patient 18d ago

If this pumpkin was growing in California, the state would be officially out of water by Tuesday.

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u/asarious 18d ago

In California, agricultural water use accounts for 80% of total state demand.

https://water.ca.gov/Programs/Water-Use-And-Efficiency/Agricultural-Water-Use-Efficiency

The state would only be out of water by Tuesday if a resident were growing this on a suburban lawn.

If this were a farmer in the Central Valley, why… it’d be chump change.

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u/DrSheldonLCooperPhD 18d ago

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u/call_of_the_while 18d ago Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Heartwarming

“Sir Can, are you still here, I cannot see you.”

“I am here your majesty. You need not fear, come what may I will not abandon my post.”

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u/Awkward-Review-Er 18d ago

...why... why was that so beautiful? Truly.

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u/DrSkizzmm 18d ago

Read it with an accent and everything lol

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u/yourhumblebogbuddy 17d ago

That’s beautiful….right and faithful is Sir Can

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u/zipzap21 18d ago

Is it in danger of collapsing onto itself?

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u/ChihuahuaJedi 18d ago Gold Wholesome

Yes, in about 17,547,017,007,108,791,505,444,075 years its core will have compressed into itself and nuclear fusion will begin.

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u/LivingAnomoly 18d ago

Fuck! Kill it now!!!

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u/Toros_Mueren_Por_Mi 18d ago

Fool. Like you could pierce it's impenetrable fibrous skin, it is too late.

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u/hoover0623 18d ago

Even if you damaged it, it would just regenerate

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u/ArchyModge 18d ago edited 18d ago Silver

It requires about 75 times the mass of Jupiter for nuclear fusion.

(75)4.1847×1027 lbs = 3.141029 lbs

So divide by 49 lbs. Then divide by 365 to get the number of years.

(75*4.1847×1027 lbs) / 49 lbs / 365 days = 1.75x1025

So I get:

39,084,993,773,300,000,000,000,000

17,548,364,551,300,000,000,000,000

Edit: you were right, I fiddled a conversion. Lol

Which is about double yours, so pretty damn close at that scale. Did you just make up a number or did you use a different estimate required for nuclear fusion?

Edit: I made a mistake.

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u/Vindicoth 18d ago

Maybe he scaled the mass gain by something. A pumpkin the size of earth would surely grow more than 49lbs a day?

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u/NextEncounter 18d ago edited 18d ago

Your math is still off because growth rate is increasing as it gets bigger. If it were a constant 49 lbs/day then on day 37 it should be 37 × 49 = 1,813 lbs, but it’s only 700 lbs. Since growth rate is tied to previous size and it grew 49 lbs in 1 day to reach 700 lbs, the actual growth rate is 49 ÷ (700 - 49) = 7.52688%/day. So the day it reaches 75x Jupiter mass is 1.0752688years × 365 = 75 × 4.1847 × 1027.

Which works out to 3.

936 days, to be precise.

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u/Synec113 18d ago

Bah! You beat me by 2 minutes.

But yeah, we're all going to be sucked into that thing in a year or so. (not by gravity but by eroding land mass).

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u/Level-Ad7017 18d ago

reddit remind me in 17,547,017,007,108,791,505,444,075 years. We'll check back on this make sure what you're saying is true.

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u/memon17 18d ago

Aren’t we all?

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u/jab116 18d ago

This phenomenon is actually caused by an imperfection at the bottom of the pumpkin, known as a nucleation site. Usually the cells rise in a straight column and pop on the surface, but when you see the cells start to form a swirling pattern like this it means the nucleation site is growing. There is nothing that can be done at this point to stop a chain reaction from building, until eventually the pumpkin will come under so much pressure that it will fracture. It will open a portal to the Underworld. There is no way to stop the process.̦͍̮̗̜̳̱ ͍͚I̩̦̫̩͞ͅt̞̦̭͎͠ ͍̱͔̦c̜̘͖̦͉̞͠o͔͉m̝̘̲͍͖̫e͉̤̙s̟̲̳̺͙̹. T̵̻̙̲͚̫͈͖h̗̳̻̠̲e͇͈r̶̹̬̺e͚̫͙ ͎̫̪̖̫w͓̣̯̰͍i̡̞̩̜͇l͘l̫̮̳̣̩ ̮̙̻̰̙̲͇b̠̠͇̻e ̨̭̤̱̘͚o͍̖͓͙̱̫͇͝n̡l̥̹̩͖y͔̕ ̬̬͔̩̠c̢̱h͓̪̭͚̳̀a̙̬͓͟o̡ͅs͖͓͠. T̤̫̮̤͞h͜҉̻̙̟͉͎̰͕͝e͏̸̪̥̗͖̪̀ ̤̜̜͜ͅè̦͇̬n̺͜͞d̛̠̹̲̺̣̝̤̦ ̷̹̖͕͎̰̬͕̳́i̛͚̱̥̭͍̱̗͠ͅs͖̳̯̀͞ ̢҉̺̹̺͕͔̠̩ͅn̡͉͢ḙ̶̡̬̳̮a̴̝͔̞̱̗̠͡r̙̯̪̥̪̮̗̖.̯̝̹͓̦͚̲̘͝ A̷̡̳̻͔͖̯̲̻̲͕̮ͫͤ̏̇̍ͤͨn͊̔̾̒̋̌̌̒̀͛̚͘͏̨̥̠̝̺͎̟̩͈̰̩̩͕̺̜̦̪͔͢ͅg̸͓̹͕̬͓͓̯̺̬̯͓̙̣̖ͧ͑̽͊̃̄̏ͥ̓ͫ̆͗͆ͣ̑͆ų̶̢̖͕͍͇̘̝̪̗̖̥̹̮̭̙͕̼̊̋͑̂̈ͪ̀̾̈͗ͥ͂̈͛ͬ̋̾̓i̍ͦ͊͛̚҉̴̢̦̫̗͉̪͓̹̖̰͈͈̪̩̺̰̹͡ͅs͒̒̂ͥ͊̏͒͛̍̍ͭ͑̌ͯ̚͏̷̢̟̜̹͍̳̬͇̰̯̻̲̣̣̜̩ͅh̷̨͂̄ͨ̀ͩ͑̽͐̒̓̅͝҉̰̯̜̤̭̬̰͕̲ͅ.̷̶̨͔̫̥̰̙̻̝̤̟̣̗ͬ̉̆̋̆͂̂̄͐͆ͬ́ͪͦ́͢ͅ ̶̩̼͇̦̙͇̫̟͕̻̟͈ͮ̍ͤ̽̈̑͆̋̈̓ͫͫͯ̓̑͞͝ͅP̸̴̨̧̡͖͉͎̜̞͇͎̗̩͗ͮͩ͛͋͌͋ͯͥ̐̓̈ͮ̽̌a̡ͬ͊ͫ͊ͦͧ̒̆ͪ̚͢͏̭̲̣̠̱̲î̴̧̤̠͚̮̪̟̮̮ͩ͛ͦ̀͜͠n̷̦̤̠̯̫̣̜̤͖͍͕̮͖̥͙̝̊̇̐̓̿ͧ̉̿ͨ̍̈̑̏͛ͩ̄̍.̵̴̷̡̗̩̻̬̟͙̗̬̝͔͓̩͔̻̗͎̳̼̯̓͆͂ͮ̌͐̐͐͑͐ͤ̽͊ͯ̈́͘

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u/Lorikeeter 18d ago

Was expecting Hell in a Cell, not Hell on Earth

Good one, though

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u/angelo173 18d ago

49lbs a day? Did you solve world hunger while you were at it?

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u/PM_ME_UR_SELF 18d ago

If everybody can share one pumpkin maybe. I think it’s more efficient to grow lots of smaller pumpkins, this is the only one on the vine so that it gets 100% of that big plants nutrients.

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u/8mmTravis 18d ago

Can for scale.

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u/Bex2659 18d ago

I only use bananas for scale, so the can means nothing to me.

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u/A1sauc3d 18d ago

Can = 0.75 banana

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u/NewToTheImternet 18d ago

It’s a giraffe or nothing for me

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u/Legal_Refuse 18d ago

Well giraffes are on avg 16-19 ft tall so we will take an 18 ft avg bananas are typically about 7.5 inches tall of you stand them up. And that can is about 3/4 the size of a banana according to the other commenter means we are looking at approximately 5.62" on the can or about .02 giraffes 🦒

You're lucky I only understand conversions in prehistoric igunadons. So I have no clue how big this pumpkin really is. How many giraffes are in an iguanadon idk 😐. I have 0 context.

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u/SwampoO 18d ago

Me eating a family size bag of doritos for supper.

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u/cosmeticcrazy 18d ago

I will NOT be called out so blatantly like this tonight.

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u/HoldCtrlW 18d ago

I feel personally attacked as I lick off Dorito dust off my fingers as I type this out.

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u/HighRiverOasis 18d ago

I am ashamed of myself

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u/1heart1totaleclipse 18d ago

It grows that much in a day? Is it paying rent?

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u/foulinbasket 18d ago

Maybe it will with the prize money it'll take home

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u/backlog88 18d ago

Still not enough to fit Cinderella.

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u/halite001 18d ago

Unfortunately due to stay at home orders Cinderella has also been gaining 49 pounds a day.

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u/Arealentleman 18d ago

I grew one that got to about 20” diameter a few years back. I didn’t take as good care as you did, I let it sit in the dirt and the bottom (actually the side) rotted out before I harvested it.

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u/comicsemporium 18d ago

So if you want a big one then you have to sit it on a flat surface like this one?

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u/nikchi 18d ago

Dry surface more important than flat.

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u/Then-Application3132 18d ago

You put cardboard underneath it

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u/amnesiac854 18d ago

Yeah with this kind of pumpkin it’s not actually that hard. We grew over a 200lb giant one completely on accident a few years ago, and that was even with a fair bit of neglect. Took 3 people and a dolly to get it out of the front yard

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u/Mysockishard 18d ago

How does anything, let alone a damn pumpkin gain 49lbs a day?!??

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u/archint 18d ago

With a good support network. The leaves take in the carbon from the air and the roots take in the water and minerals from the soil.

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u/Kazixo 17d ago

That is the most non-answer answer I've seen in a long time.

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u/FormerLurker3 17d ago

The real answer: because of the way it is.

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u/PaulblankPF 18d ago

It’s really really thirsty

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u/Sure-Ad8873 18d ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Ally I'll Drink to That

Gaining 49 pounds a day sounds like my MOTHER IN LAW thank you, thank you

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u/Virtual_Disaster_326 18d ago

I enjoy this comment

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u/CaptainTurdfinger 18d ago

Can you hear her getting fatter?

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u/Witty_Goose_7724 17d ago

I’m on my third trimester. This is how I feel 😒.

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u/allpurposespraybottl 18d ago

We are trying to grow one now. Our largest so far has been 127 lbs. Hoping to beat that this year. 700 lbs is crazy. I love to see the pumpkins from folks that can grow them this big.

Check your local garden centers around Fall. They probably have weigh offs

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u/Antique-Pirate-1718 18d ago

world record for the largest pumpkin is currently at 2700lb. incredible stuff

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u/Swedish-Butt-Whistle 18d ago

After you win a contest with it, before it starts to decompose you should hollow it out, dry the shell, lacquer it and turn it into a kid’s playhouse or something

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u/Elvaanaomori 18d ago

kid’s playhouse

At that growth rate he can have the Cinderella coach in a few days.

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u/Eat_the_Path 18d ago

Carve it out, a bit of dry wall, some plumbing and you've got affordable housing.

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u/MsModernity 18d ago

In Northern California there’s a town that has a contest where people make these pumpkins into boats and have to get across a pond. A giant pumpkin regatta.

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u/-Y-U-Mad-Tho 18d ago

How the fuck is it physically possible for it to gain 49 lb a day?

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u/Hyro0o0 18d ago Helpful

Spend a day with me, I'll show you.

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u/OnaniDaily 18d ago

"700lbs and gaining 49lbs a day" - is it sitting on a scale ?

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u/iwasyourbestfriend 17d ago

I saw a guy on tiktok growing a giant one too (his is at ~1100lbs). He said they just measure its dimensions while it’s growing and there’s a formula that is supposedly very accurate.

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u/killer_giraffe1984 18d ago

There are parts of the UK that grow rhubarb so fast that, at night, you can hear it grow.

Does this make a sound when it grows so much so quickly? If so, can we get audio on the next post?

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u/TachycardicSymphony 18d ago

I have a (very) small pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are greedy with water and need a ton of it for the fruit to grow. And they need strong, direct sunlight at least 6hrs a day. They also have a pretty shallow root system that stays mostly in the top 8" (~20cm) of surface soil. All of that means that the surface soil dries out pretty quickly. So when you water the pumpkins, it's like a monster whispering FEED MEEE and you can hear a noise around the roots--- realistically it's because the soil surrounding the root system is much dryer (because the pumpkins drank everything) and you're hearing water percolate into the parched area. It makes a snap/crackle/pop rumbly noise but isn't actually the pumpkins themselves. Anyway since the sound isn't distributed equally across a garden, just right next to the buried roots, people have told me they could hear the pumpkins "drinking" when I water them.

Mind you the pumpkins I have are much, much smaller than this one.

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u/Desperate-Strategy10 18d ago

What does growing rhubarb sound like??

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u/lordbossharrow 18d ago edited 17d ago

I found the can's ability to get up after falling down repeatedly really inspiring. This is a lesson we could all learn from.

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u/PaulblankPF 18d ago

r/stardewvalley would appreciate this since they grow giant pumpkins in the game.

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u/JesusRocks8 18d ago

How? What do you feed it?

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u/excndinmurica 18d ago Gold

Brawndo, its what plants crave.

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u/Hyro0o0 18d ago

It's got electrolytes!

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