Giant Veggies!

Six-foot zucchini? Ten-foot carrots? Are giant veggies just a photography trick, or are they real?

The happy news is that yes, they’re real! Expert horticulturists have accumulated a great wealth of knowledge about different climates and dirt conditions. They must know about the different chemical, physical and biological properties of gardens and do multiples of experiments dozens of plants. We found an incredible horticulturist, John Evans, who has accumulated over 180 first places in both quality and giant vegetable categories, with 18 State and 7 World Records.

According to John Evans: “If you could, imagine what it would be like to dig up a carrot from your garden and not knowing how big it is until the last minute, and then finding out that it’s 19 lbs. Now that’s exciting!”

John has spent many years developing fertilizers, bio-catalysts, and growing techniques to grow 76-lb cabbages (photo shown left), 20-lb carrots, 29-lb kale, 60-lb zucchini,  43-lb beets, 35-lb broccoli and cauliflowers, and 70-lb swiss chard that was over 9 feet tall and took three people to carry it to the trailer!

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11 Responses to “Giant Veggies!”
  1. o_Asterix says:


  2. Toby Gialluca says:

    how does the plant get used to it???

  3. Toby Gialluca says:

    what are the effects

  4. Lillian Jackson says:

    I would like to try this with some columbine.

  5. Marguerite Sanders says:

    Wow, never heard of this before. Sounds great for a big family like ours. I am concerned about how we are affected from eating plants grown with this. I would want to research this if possible.

  6. Marguerite Sanders says:


  7. Aurora says:

    Gibberellic Acid (GA) was discovered in Japan in 1935. Farmers noticed that some rice plants were becoming so large they died because they couldn’t support their own weight. It was determined that the plants had been infected with a pathogen that caused an unusually high amount of a certain hormone. Since the scientific name for the pathogen in question was Gibberella fujikuroi, the name gibberellic acid as the name of the hormone was born. Of course, now GA can be used for many positive purposes. (See if you can do some research and find other examples of pathogens that are now used to benefit people.) GA is commonly used on foods we eat. One of the most common places to find it is on grapes. There is no evidence that GA causes problems in people who eat it, but there are some who feel that we shouldn’t eat foods without knowing what was done to grow them. What do you think? You may get a chance to weigh in soon. In California, where I live, there is going to be a ballot measure this November that would require any genetically modified food (remember that GA changes RNA – that’s a genetic modification) to be labeled so people could decide if they wanted to buy it or not.

  8. Christie Laing says:

    When and how was this hormone discoverd? Has the nutrient content of these plant been tested? Are humans able to eat these plants safely? 🙂

  9. Lydia Fancher says:

    yes it would maybe if we ate it we would grow and pretty much be like godzilla! RAWR!!! lol

  10. Aurora says:

    Not at this time, since there’s been no conclusive studies or research done on the effects of humans ingesting the growth hormones… but it would be cool to eat a 10-foot tall carrot, wouldn’t it?

  11. Lydia Fancher says:

    I wonder if you can do it to prosessed food…

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