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Berry Acres Grows 1,000 Pound Pumpkin

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Usually, Berry Acres is filled with fresh plants. With fall a little over a month away, that’s about to change.

Owner Calvin Berry says that in September they transition into a pumpkin patch.

Right now, the patch is filled with orange flowers.

“There’s a female flower and a male flower, and a bee will spread pollen back and forth,” Berry says.

That’s how you get your pumpkin. At Berry Acres they sell 15,000 pumpkins a season. This year, there’s one pumpkin that a little bit different.

“We’re trying to grow about a thousand pound pumpkin,” Berry told me. “Right now, it’s roughly 450 pounds.”

Grace is her name, and growing is her game. Besides world record genetics, she has about five different pumpkins that were grafted together to grow inside of her.

Berry says they are trying to grow the pumpkin as big as they possibly can.

While the public can check on grace through a live camera, the employees at Berry Acres are out there looking at her progress every day.

“It’s grown about two to three inches every two to three days, in both ways,” he says. “It’s growing about a pound an hour, so almost 24 pounds a day.”

Right now, the pumpkin is growing a pound an hour, so almost 24 pounds a day. For Berry Acres, the work is all worth it for a chance at beating the state record, a pumpkin that weighed in around a whopping 1,200 pounds.

To check out the live camera and watch Grace grow, visit: http:/giantpumpkins.dyndns.org:82.

The user name is “admin” and the password should be left blank.


 

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