gardening-express-fruit
gardening-express-fruit
Close X
the weekend gardener newsletter example the weekend gardener

Your free veg garden job list,
direct to your inbox every week!

Blog

Giant 758lb pumpkin grown using Nutrigrow showcased at Chelsea Flower Show

By Sophie King
29th October 2021

A giant 758lb pumpkin grown in just 80 days has been showcased in the Great Pavilion at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The pumpkin attracted a lot of attention at event, even from the likes of gardening star Alan Titchmarsh. Owner Ben White has been using his pumpkin successes to raise money for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, an endeavour which has been supported by agricultural specialist Agrigem.

Essex’s Ben White, who has been growing for just four years, planted ‘Greta’ in April. At this stage, it was the seed of a monstrous 2152lb parent plant imported from America. Ben grew the pumpkin under a purpose-built temporary structure to prevent the sun from ripening it too quickly, thereby allowing it to grow for longer. As September arrived, Ben wrapped Greta in blankets to protect against the autumnal chill in the air. This kept the pumpkin growing for even longer.

The protection certainly paid off – Greta beat Ben’s personal best of 614lb. The pumpkin has previously been exhibited at RHS Hyde Hall Giant Pumpkin Competition where it won first place.

Ben uses Nutrigrow Triple 18, a water soluble NPK fertiliser, in a drip feed irrigation system to grow his super pumpkins. It can also be applied via a sprayer or fertigation system. Containing a wide range of micronutrients, Triple 18 will improve the growth of a wide range of crops including turf, fruit, ornamentals & grassland. Fertilisers applied directly to the plant will give a quicker response than granular fertiliser. Soluble powders generally deliver more nutritional value than liquid fertilisers. It can be purchased from agrigem.co.uk

Greta’s baby sister, Gloria, weighed in at a hefty 729lb and both are being exhibited this week in Heybridge to help raise money. If you’d like to arrange a viewing, contact Ben through social media, and if you’d like to donate, click here.

You can follow Ben’s growing endeavours on Facebook and Instagram.

Information and images provided by Agrigem.

Share this article

The next crop of reads we think you'll enjoy...

View all growing articles

The next crop of reads we think you'll enjoy...

Get ready for winter mulching with PlantGrow and #growwithgyo

We love looking through all the wonderful photos our readers share through social media. Following…

28th October 2021

PlantGrow and #growwithgyo: Autumn advice from Brigitte Girling

This month, we’re taking advice from Brigitte Girling (@mossandstonefloraldesign on Instagram)…

22nd November 2021

Save the bees this summer

Bees work very, very hard for us in gardens, on allotments and on farms. These tiny insects…

16th June 2021

View all growing articles
Hit enter to search