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I Have A Pumpkin Growing In My Yard. I Noticed…

Doreen Asked

I have a pumpkin growing in my yard. I noticed a small brown spot that has appeared on it. Can you tell me what it might be?

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The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Doreen: It is pumpkin season once again! There are a number of insect and disease problems associated with all members of the cucurbit family, including pumpkins, but most are associated more with the foliage than the actual crop. If the brown spot is not spreading or other ones have not appeared then it should not be a problem, as long as it is not rotting from the bottom up. Typically we would see evidence on the foliage of any problem so as long as the foliage looks healthy you do not need to be too concerned. I would be happy to look at a picture of your pumpkin if you like; you can send it to angiemcmanus@hotmail.com. It may just be a soft spot or if there is a hole it may be where a worm entered. For future reference it is important to rotate your cucurbits every two years. This includes cucumber, watermelon, muskmelon, squash, and gourds. Crop rotation helps disrupt any possible infestation cycle that may over-winter on plant debris. Good sanitation practice is especially important with any edible crop. It will soon be time to harvest so make sure to clean up all foliage and you might even consider planting a cover crop for the colder months.

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