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mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9296024

I have long wanted to try this, and this year I did. It took me well over 2 hours to clean out 6 pumpkins, and that was with the help of DH with the power saw to cut off the tops!
So far, they have lasted a week in 95 degree weather!
I planted them in soil inside with drain holes.
A friend of mine made a blog post about it! http://flowergardengirl.com/2012/10/01/pumpkin-lemongrass-chrysanthemum-autumn-containers-with-christel-colla/
Christie

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gabriell
Tyler, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 5, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9296949

I love the pictures. Everything is beautiful, I can tell you put in a lot of work.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 5, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9296956

Love it! What a creative idea!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9296957

How unique!
Wow, it's still that hot out there? I used to live in northern CA, but I guess I forgot how late in the year it stays hot.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 5, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9296961

Our weather is very weird--early this week it was 100-105 where I live, but today I don't think it got much past the low 70's.
Cassandra78
Bryan, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 5, 2012
8:58 PM

Post #9297136

Very neat idea! I'm curious to know how long they last.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9297327

Yes, please let us know!

jasminesmom

jasminesmom
Saugerties, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9297593

Your place looks really nice, you've done a great job...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2012
2:19 AM

Post #9298189

How clever.
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 7, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #9298673

So far they look as new, a week later. The heat is over :-) I don't have to water them often, the thick peel holds moisture in well. I scooped them out real well, that seems to be a deciding factor with rotting.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 18, 2012
1:42 PM

Post #9309063

mrs colla, how are the pumpkins holding up? I've wanted to try that here in Florida but afraid they'd just rot with the heat.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2012
8:59 AM

Post #9309712

Curious. How much did those five pumpkins in your pic cost?
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2012
10:21 PM

Post #9310237

Now, after two weeks, they are getting moldy... I will sink them in clay pots Monday.
Gymgirl, the pumpkins themselves were about 7 Dollar a piece I think, and the plants were around 4 Dollar per plant, and there are 5 or so per pumpkin. I don't dare to do the math :-P
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 20, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9310407

Oh, but what FUN! :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

October 21, 2012
8:52 PM

Post #9311810

Yes, you never want to add it all up:)
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2013
6:35 PM

Post #9657490

This is a brilliant idea! Therefore, I did not think of it first.
But I am going to try it this fall with chrysanthemumz.
And maybe try using varnish or that black pruning paint for the insides, since it's a disposable setup to begin with.

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