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Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) With Halloween just around the corner. We wanted to know what it takes to grow the perfect pumpkin.
In this week's segment of grow southern Idaho Joey Martin for Idaho’s First News takes us to a local pumpkin patch.
Winter squash... Jack–o–lanterns...or pumpkins...
No matter what you call them, they are the number one Halloween decoration in America.
Nick Proost is no stranger to pumpkin growing; the process for him begins just before summer starts.
"You know it depends on the variety, some of them are 120 day some of them are 80 day. You need quite a bit of water, some sun... not a ton but it doesn't hurt to have a lot. Nutrients... you know, pretty much just general... it need nitrogen, iron and calcium and good pollination."
Said Nick Proost from Proost Farms
A part of the Halloween season that always seems to bring out the record book is the massive sizes that these pumpkins can reach.
"It's the way they're bred. This year we had a couple at 200 pounds but we've had them up to 250 pounds. They do take a lot more water and you won't get as many pumpkins on that plant as you would on a normal one."
At an average price at about 15 cents a pound... The price can't be beat... But does the work for these pumpkin farmers pay off in the end?
"You know they don't cost a whole lot but at the same time you don't make a whole lot on them... it's about volume. At 15 cents a pound that's a pretty good deal for anybody but we don't lose money on them and it's kind of a fun thing for kids to come out."
An American tradition that pumpkin farmers look forward to every year.
The Proost Pumpkin Patch is open until Halloween night open from 11 to 7 Monday through Friday.
And from 8 to 2 on Saturdays.
The Proost Patch is located at 2794 Addison avenue east in twin falls.