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The Secrets To Growing A 2,000-Pound Pumpkin

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How do you grow a 2,000-pound pumpkin?

According to record-breaking gourd grower Ron Wallace, it’s a mammoth feat.

Wallace, a country club owner who lives in Rhode Island, grew the world's largest pumpkin this year -- a 2,230-pound giant, the second heaviest ever in North America. He recently shared some of his growing secrets with the Associated Press.

You have to start with a good seed, he told the news outlet, and then spend hours upon hours toiling over it as it grows.

"For growers who are competitive, it's year-round [work],” he said. "They're studying, they're researching, they're building greenhouses, they're looking at genetics. Most competitive giant pumpkin growers aren't taking summer vacations."

Ron Wallace, right, with one of his giant pumpkins at the Rochester Fair in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Sept. 19, 2015. This
Ron Wallace, right, with one of his giant pumpkins at the Rochester Fair in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Sept. 19, 2015. This year, Wallace grew the second heaviest pumpkin on record.

Wallace told the AP he spends between 20 and 40 hours a week on his hobby.

He’s reportedly been honing his skills as a grower for almost three decades.

A judge looks at Ron Wallace's pumpkin entry at the Rochester Fair this year.
A judge looks at Ron Wallace's pumpkin entry at the Rochester Fair this year.

Wallace was the first person in the world to grow a pumpkin that weighed more than a ton. He achieved this feat with a 2,009-pound pumpkin in 2012.

Two years later, a grower in Switzerland named Beni Meier set the current world record for the heaviest pumpkin. Meier's colossal gourd weighed 2,323 pounds

According to BigPumpkins.com, a site dedicated to super-sized pumpkin growing, there are three basic things you need to start cultivating your own enormous fruit: "Good seeds, good soil and good luck."

Visit the website for more tips on how to get started.

 

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