Just wanted to ask a quick question. All my pumpkin plants are doing great and I have a large number of pumpkins. But the cotton candy pumpkin, has a large number of male flowers but no female flowers yet?? Is there a problem? I do notice some white powder on some of the leaves on this plant which I am planning on treating this evening. Does it normally produce female flowers late? Thanks, John
Answer: It is hard to say exactly what might be causing the lack of female flowers. A couple of things to consider are: feed the plants with a high-phosphorus fertilizer to increase bloom production; and the other possibility, according to some seed developers, is the spacing between plants is particularly important for female bloom production. For the cotton candy pumpkin the recommended distance between plants is 4 feet with a row width of 6 to 7 1/2 feet. If plants are too close, the competition between plants can reduce the number of female flowers. If you have a white powdery substance on the leaves it is possibly powdery mildew which is often also a symptom of over- crowding or poor air circulation. If this is the case you might try reducing the number of plants.
I do not find any statistics on exact flowering dates but it is listed as a 110-day maturity variety, which seems to be on the longer side of average.
Good luck with your pumpkin gardening endeavors! Karen