How do you manage to grow giant vegetables like a pumpkin of more than a thousand kg?

In the film Wallace & Gromit: the curse of vegetables, a delight of Stop motion made with modeling clay, the celebration of the Annual Giant Vegetable Contest. The two protagonists are making gold with their new invention, the "Anti-Pesto" system, a humanitarian way to control rabbits trying to invade precious gardens.

It is no accident that the whole plot takes place in Great Britain, because it is here that the largest number of monstrous vegetables have been grown, of those that appear to have been irradiated by mutant X-rays. But How do you get these vegetables so hypertrophied?

Guinness record

Traditionally, Britain has dominated the Guinness record for the heaviest vegetables in the world. Until a few years ago, he was the undisputed champion, although he recently highlighted another place: the US state of Alaska: the Alaska State Fair It has become one of the most competitive events. It presented, for example, the heaviest cabbage in the world.

Scott Robb, which has five Guinness records, explains in the book Guinness World Records Science how it achieves it:

They begin to grow their plants in winter, in the light of the lamps; in spring they are passed to heated greenhouses and, finally, to plastic greenhouses abroad, where they acquire a monstrous size when they grow 24 hours a day under the summer sun.

It is also important to enrich the soil with nutrients using compost or manure, water regularly, and ensure correct fertilization: For example, pumpkins like potassium. In order for the plant to concentrate its energy on only two or three fruits, the rest must be removed. It is also important, of course, to be very careful in controlling pests.

However, there is another procedure to achieve huge vegetables, which is to send them to space, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, although the reason is not yet known: is to take the seeds into space.

In 2006, China transported 2,000 seeds on the Shijian-8 satellite, where they spent two weeks orbiting the Earth. Back home, they grew the healthiest germinated seeds. These plants gave enormous fruits.

To obtain the heaviest pumpkin in the world, 1,190 kg, presented on October 6, 2016 by the Belgian farmer Mathias WillemijnsSeeds of several generations of winning specimens were crossed. It was grown in a greenhouse at a controlled temperature, checking the level of moisture and nutrients in the soil every day.

Other records are the heaviest beet in the world (23.4 kg), green cabbage (62.71 kg), apple (1.84 kg), watermelon (159 kg), leek (10.6 kg) , cantaloupe melon (29.4 kg), avocado (2.19 kg) or onion (8.15 kg).

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