Pumpkin, Dill's Atlantic Giant (Organic)
Cucurbita maxima. 105 days.
Giant pumpkins are super fun to grow if only because you can’t help but smile at such silly fruit. This strain of Dill’s Atlantic Giant comes from the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers, the club that hosts the annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Gervais, Oregon. In 2014, Sarah came in 27th place out of 35 pumpkins with a 416 lb fruit (and met her goal of avoiding the distinction of “biggest loser”). The current world record is 2,624.6 lbs, besting the previous record by 300 lbs! The Heavy Hitters have lots of tricks up their sleeves, but we grow our giant pumpkins just like we grow the rest of our winter squash – organically. Except we space 20′ between plants instead of 21⁄2′. Giant pumpkins are great because The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth is the largest grassroots plant breeding effort in the world, with thousands of members in dozens of countries all focused on one thing – improving genetics for bigger pumpkins. That’s right, thousands of people think plant breeding for giantism is cool. Here at Adaptive Seeds, at least one of us is in agreement.