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World's largest pumpkin grown in Quebec


The prize-winning pumpkin
The prize-winning pumpkin

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

October 24, 2011 — A 1,818.5 lb (825 kg) pumpkin will be on display at New York Botanical Garden until the end of the month.

Jim Bryson and his daughter Kelsey
Jim Bryson and his daughter Kelsey

Quebec farmer Jim Bryson and his daughter Kelsey have grown the world's largest pumpkin. The massive vegetable weighs in at an impressive 1,818.5 lbs (or 825 kg).

Bryson - an Ormstown native - began growing large vegetables four years ago after learning about the sport from his cousin. His first pumpkin project was a success, reaching 600 lbs (272 kg). “After that, I was hooked,” he says.

Cultivating a massive winter squash is no small task. During peak growing season, Bryson can spend up to 10 hours a day tending to his garden. Special compost, heating cables and grow-lights contribute to the pain-staking process.

On a good day a pumpkin can grow up to 50 lbs, or 23 kg, a feat that is best achieved under favourable weather conditions.

“We live in a really good climate for growing vegetables,” Bryson says. “We don't get extreme heat or cold. We have pretty unique weather in this part of Quebec.”

Bryson's pumpkin has been turned into a Hallowe'en sculpture by artist Ray Villafane.

It will be on display at the New York Botanical Garden until the end of the month.

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