Pumpkin management in the final stretch | MSU Extension Vegetables

two photos of powdery mildew infestation

A. Powdery mildew infestation of vines. B. Shriveled pumpkin handles are common when the vines die early from powdery mildew infection. Photos by Ben Phillips (A) and Mary Hausbeck (B), MSU Extension.

You are in the final stretch of the pumpkin season in Michigan. Vines are dying down and cutting has begun. It is at this point you discover just how well your growing season management practices paid off.

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pumpkin on the vine

A healthy pumpkin ready for harvest. Photo by Ben Phillips, MSU Extension.