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Published on September 11, 2012 By Draginol In Everything Else

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So this year I took up gardening as a hobby. And my boys wanted to have pumpkins and a few of them have already come in. The best pumpkin has already “detached” itself from the vine.  I’m wondering if it’ll “stay good” until Halloween time. Anyone out there with experience in this?


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on Sep 11, 2012

Your pumpkin should be fine for halloween. You need to keep it in a cool dry place. The biggest problems you will encounter are molding and dryout of the pumpkin. Do not carve the pumpkin until it is closer to halloween otherwise it won't last that long.

on Sep 11, 2012

Everthing I ever heard about it involved carved pumpkins... 

You have to keep your pumpkin hydrated, and there are several ways of doing that. After you carve the jack-o-lantern design into your pumpkin, coat the cut edges and the inside of the pumpkin with petroleum jelly. Good old Vaseline will help seal in the moisture of the pumpkin and extend the life. Vegetable oil can be used instead of Vaseline, or spray the inside of the pumpkin with hair spray. Either of the three will seal in moisture and keep your pumpkin fresh till Halloween.

If not carved, keep it in a cool place (off the floor) and on some packing popcorn and rotate it every day or so. You can hair spray the outside too.

If it starts to shrivel, put it in water with 1 tsp of bleach per gallon (to prevent mold), and after it puffs back out, hair spray it... and mist it everyday.

That's it.... and hope they last.

on Sep 11, 2012

Most orange pumpkins that you see in the fall are Cucurbita pepo, but there are some that are C. maxima or C. moschata. The latter two species are ones that can relatively reliably last a year for me, sometimes C. pepos do as well, but not often. The C. pepos last around 4 - 6 months if they are of good quality.

Source:http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/gourds/msg0711282711795.html?4

Other sources say about the same. If intact and undamaged you should have no problem with them keeping until Thanksgiving, if desired.

on Sep 11, 2012

Yeah, same thing has happened to me.  I have tried to grow them in the past but have had little success with them.  Same with cantelopes and watermelon.  I know for cantelopes you need to put straw under them when they are getting to the point of picking so they don't develope 'bad spots'- soft spots where they sit around on wet ground. 

 

It's been so dry this year that I was shocked to see pumpkins grow out, but doubly shocked because the ones I have were planted by my brother who had planted them because he had been out planting clover to attract deer.  He had some extra seed on him and planted them not thinking they'd come out.  Well, they did.  I guess I should say I was further shocked because we have had a drought for a while and would have bet anything they'd have died out.  As far as I know they'll keep till Halloween. 

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