The Largest Zombie Pumpkin’s Debut at Bronx’s Botanical Garden [Video]

Have you ever thought how the largest pumpkin in the world can be used?

A huge pumpkin weighing nearly a ton was brought into town Thursday after squashing the competition to be named the largest in the world.

“I never thought I could grow a big one,” said the grower, Jim Bryson of Quebec, Canada. “I never dreamt I had a chance at setting a world record.”

Bryson began growing pumpkins on a whim four years ago and obviously has made an incredible success in this field. He was happy to share his techniques of growing giant gourds.

In spring he soaked pumpkin seeds from his maple farm in a wet towel and within 30 hours they sprouted. He grew the seedlings in one-gallon pots under grow lights for 10 days.

Then he moved the plants to a heated greenhouse. After the weather became warmer, he took down the greenhouse walls and let the vines spread through his surrounding garden.

In early summer Bryson together with his daughter grubbed up all but one flower so the vine would concentrate its energies on growing a single squash.

At the peak of growing season the pumpkin started growing too fast, gaining 40 pounds a day.

“You’d come back at night and you can see the difference,” Bryson said. “It’s amazing.”

And, finally, on June 21 Bryson and his 12-year-old daughter Kelsey pollinated pumpkin flowers by hand.

“You’re putting the pollen from the male flower into the female flower,” Kelsey proudly explained to school groups visiting the Botanical Garden Thursday, reports The Daily News.

“A lot of these seeds I’ll give to growers,” Bryson said. “Then there’s another chance to set another world record.”

Bryson has a new aim now: he intends to grow the one-ton gourd.  Well, perfection can be endless.

This past weekend, the 1818-pound gourd, morbidly obese squashes were taken out to the New York Botanical Garden and carved to bits for showpieces in a “haunted” pumpkin patch. These were also some truly unattractive jack-o’-lanterns says abc 7.

This horrific creature was made by Ray Villafane, Arisona, who was called as the Picasso of pumpkins.

He used two gourds to make his ideas come true, a 1,693-pound one to create the zombies and another 1,815.5-pounder for the vessel from which they are springing forth. He got the effect of pumpkin pulp flying through the air by mounting chunks on stiff wires.

The season’s crop of prize-winning sits on bales of hay surrounded by three rotund runners-up, two from California and one from Pennsylvania.

The incredibly intricate three-dimensional scene of zombies and demons busting out of the orange shell took the artist 15 hours to carve.

So, what people think about Villafane’s creativity?

“This is humongous – it’s crazy,” said Tania Phillips, 37, of the Bronx, as she snapped pictures of the surprising squash. “Words can’t describe it.”

“I thought it was fake,” Lewis said of the great pumpkin. “When I touched it, it felt like it was real.”

“Every year they just go after bigger and bigger ones,” said Michael Nee, a curator at the Botanical Garden. “There’s no end in sight”

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