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July 10th, 2010, 12:28 PM
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My pumpkin plant is dying! What is going on? Everything I can find says how hearty they are and how they can withstand alot.... everything else in my garden is doing well except my pumpkins and my zuchini.

Then pumpkin plant seems to be dying starting up near the root. The rest of the vine looks awesome. It started as just one leaf and now several nearer to the roots are dying. I'll try to get pictures in a bit to show you.

The zucchini is the other thing. I've only had two even form. Both have gotten about the size of my hubby's thumb or a little bigger (he's a pretty big guy) and then they rot. What the heck is going wrong? Any ideas?

ETA: Well, after some research (thank you Dr. Google) I think my zucchini is suffering from blossom rot. Has anyone else ever dealt with that? If so, were you able to successfully pollinate the plants yourself? I am going to attempt it, but I'm not counting on much success. lol Still not sure about the pumpkin though.

2nd edit: It looks like the pumpkin problem might be powdery mildew. I read that to correct this I could use 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of antibacterial dish soap, and 2 capfuls of bleach once a week and water daily in the early A.M. I guess I am going to start trying this tomorrow morning and see if that helps.

BTW..... I came back and edited this because I thought it might help someone else who has a similar problem. If anyone has any other advice or suggestions, I would still love to hear them!
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July 10th, 2010, 09:46 PM
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Glad you found some stuff to help. I wonder if you have mildew with the pumpkins do you think it's from watering too much?
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July 11th, 2010, 10:44 AM
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I think it's from the rain! lol I haven't really watered them much because of all the rain. We've been really wet here for a LONG time.
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July 11th, 2010, 11:36 AM
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Wow, crazy. I bet that's what did it. I wonder if you added some more sand to your soil next year if it would make for better drainage. Of course if this is a freak rain year this year that's just mother nature doing it's thing.
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July 11th, 2010, 10:06 PM
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It is a rare thing. We have been under flood warnings pretty much all spring and summer. It's been CRAZY!
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July 14th, 2010, 10:12 PM
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I bet that is it. I have 8 pumpkin plants and I was watering them daily until they started yellowing. Now I'll do every other day and they seem to like that better.
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July 15th, 2010, 08:13 AM
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A critter ate all my pumpkin.
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July 26th, 2010, 06:58 AM
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At the start of my plants blooming I had NO bugs at all so I got a few paint brushes in different sizes and started pollinating everything myself. It worked like a charm...until the squash bugs came...grumble grumble
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Yep... I was just going to suggest maybe you have squash bugs, Stephanie?
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