Fun and Games
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Ah!! The blessed moment has finally arrived!!. You have carefully pollinated
your female pumpkin and a tiny baby fruit is beginning to grow! If you haven't
done so already, you should now select a name for your baby.
Selection of a name should not be taken likely. It is healthy and part of
the bonding It has been statistically proven that baby pumpkins will respond
to the name you have selected and tend to take on the characteristics of
the name. Never, for example, name your baby "Slim".
Here is a helpful guide to naming your baby pumpkin . While we have presented
this in a light-hearted fashion, we do encourage others to name their fruit.
It's all part of the fun and enjoyment of growing "The Big One!"
I've already picked my choices for next year. I have seeds from a
500 pound parent who is beautifully round with a good orange color. I am
planning to buy seeds from the biggest genetics I can. They tend to be ugly.
The names? You guessed it: "Beauty" and "The Beast".
Great Pumpkin Names:
||This is the only known pumpkin name where "Baby" can be used.
||This name speaks for itself. Any pumpkin with this name will not be a
||Another name that speaks for itself.
||An excellent choice if you don't know anyone named Bertha.
||Goes along with the "Big ---" theme, "Big" anything usually produces
||A favorite on the west coast
||Big and mean, a dude with a 'tude.
||As in big as a dinosaur
||For those who truely believe in the "Big Guy"
||If seeds is what you are after, this name's for you.
||A certain winner of the "Ugliest Pumpkin" award at your local weigh-off
||A favorite among Japanese growers
||This is one of the authors favorites
||The Grandaddy of them all
||A rather optimistic name. Growers selecting this name will buy a Fork
Truck in May.
||This will produce favorable results, but pumpkins will have a slightly
|Jabba the Glut
||....Our version of Jabba the Hut
||No question this is a classic name for a big fella
||The only problem with this name is it takes more than luck to grow Atlantic
||You will not be able to net a beast with this name. On the downside,
a slightly fishy smell.
||This name speaks for itself. However, avoid "Maximilian" as it is too
||Already in Guiness, a pumpkin of this name could sail the Seven Seas
|Peter the Great
||As in pig....or hog. Atlantic Giants are real water and nutrient hogs.
||He's another biggie. Warning: This pumpkin could turn out hairy.
||He'll come to life in a big way.
||Big, tough and swings on vines.
||A giant of a pumpkin in any patch
||Everybody roots for the underdog and "they try harder"
||Named after the Goddess of love, proper pollination is guaranteed.
Names to Avoid:
||Avoid this name unless you want a purple pumpkin. Barney, as in Fife,
was no mammoth.
||David slew Goliath(a great pumpkin name), David was much smaller.
||While you are not looking for IQ, Dumbo was small for his species
||It's true that Frosty is big and round, but pumpkins do not like frost.
||There is nothing gentle about Atlantic Giants, try "Big Ben"
||The last pumpkin to have this name grew strong, but small.
||Avoid any use of the word old as things slow down as they get old.
||Avoid any indication or suggestion that growth might "peter" out.
||Tough, but too small.
||Sounds too much like a squash.
||Avoid using the word "Slim" in any part of the name.
||Avoid any reference to "Tiny". Also, may have pollination problems with