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What is the best way to store pumpkins?
They should be stored in a cool place, such as your garage. Store pumpkins upside down (so the stalk is on the bottom). Don't place them directly onto the floor – use a piece of cardboard as a mat for the pumpkin. Stored this way, pumpkins can last up to 3-4 months.
Should you store pumpkins inside or outside?
Where should I store my pumpkins after harvesting?
After curing pumpkins, store them in a single layer in a cool, dry, dark spot with temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity between 50 and 60 percent. In colder regions, good storage options include a cool basement area or an unheated attic or bedroom.
How do you cover a pumpkin with frost?
Any temperatures that are projected to drop into the mid-30s should make a gardener's frost alert kick in. Squash and pumpkin plants can be covered with old sheets, blankets or quilts. Newspapers that are weighted down or broken-down cardboard boxes could also be used to cover plants.
How do you store squash and pumpkins?
Squash and pumpkin deteriorate rapidly if stored at temperatures below 50°F. The best storage temperature is between 50 and 55°F. Fruit that has been exposed to freezing before harvest also will deteriorate rapidly.
What do you do with pumpkins after you pick them?
Curing allows the pumpkins to last longer by hardening their skin and protecting the flesh from deterioration. To cure your pumpkins, cut them off the vine and let them sit in a sunny, dry place like a dry part of your garden, your doorstep, or a sunroom. Keep them there for at least 2 weeks.
Is it OK to leave pumpkins outside?
Location Is Key
If you plan on keeping your pumpkins outside, be sure to place them in a dry, shaded spot—like a covered porch—for the entire season. Too much hot sun will speed up a pumpkin's decaying process, as will rain. Moisture from rain can lead to mold and mush, which no one wants on their beautiful pumpkins!
Should I bring pumpkins inside?
According to Glenn Monnin of the locally owned Monnin Fruit Farms, even a little frost on the top of pumpkins can cause them to deteriorate. Monnin recommends covering up your pumpkins and mums during chilly nights or bringing them inside when you know a freeze is coming.