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A common mistake is to harvest fruit while it's still immature. This will give you fruit that can not be successfully stored, giving you poor quality results.
On the other hand, keep in mind that mature fruit that have been removed from the vine are still alive, so proper curing and storage will slow the rate of respiration, and prolong the storage life of the pumpkin.
To harvest correctly, here is what you do:
Properly cured and stored pumpkins should remain in good condition for 2 to 3 months or longer depending up on the variety.
If you follow the above steps, you will be assured a successful harvest, and you can use your pumpkins any way you want after that!
By Mythi from Silverdale, WA
One way of making pumpkins grow fast is to feed with water. Make a hole in the stalk of the pumpkin and insert a cotton candle wick in the hole with one end. Place the other end in a jar of water. The water will wick itself into the pumpkin. Always make sure there is water in the jar.
By Janette from Parkersburg, WV
When you have finished with your pumpkin in the kitchen, bury the seeds in you garden. They don't take any love or care and grow fantastically. Next year you won't have to buy pumpkins!
By Pinklulu from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
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Can you grow pumpkins from the seeds we have just scraped out of the pumpkin?
By village from England
Yes, let them dry and you can plant them next year! Let them dry completely before storing them in an airtight container!
If you or your neighbors grew squash, your seeds may not produce pumpkins. Instead,you may get a cross between a squash and a pumpkin. Generally, these mixtures don't taste very good. We've grown them! Toni
Years ago after Halloween we threw our jack-o-lantern into the garden, thinking nothing of it until it sprouted in the late spring. We left it alone and it produced a very large pumpkin. Not sure how heavy but we had to use the wheel barrow to haul it to the front porch to carve.
How do you tell the difference between male and female pumpkin plants?
I don't think they are different plants; I think they are like all flowers with male and female parts. Look at the blooms. The fuzzy ended stalks around the center with the dust are stamens (male) and the single one in the center is the female part (pistil) which will turn into a pumpkin. The dust from the stamens needs to get on the pistil, and nature will take care of the rest.
How many flowers do I leave on my pumpkin vine and do I help them to fertilise using a paintbrush?
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Do you think pumpkins know we want to carve them up? These three look like they did and wanted to escape from my garden! Ha ha ha.
Enjoy Fall everyone!
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My tip for growing pumpkins. I have a large drum filled with potting mixture about 1 foot from the top. I placed seeds in and the plant is growing well. All my lawn clippings go in the drum. It has a little water hole about 6 inches from the bottom. I have put a trellis on the side of the drum so the pumpkin can climb and hang from that, instead of growing on the ground. This keeps the plant slug free.
By Michelle from Boddington, WA
Can you help me with my pumpkins? They grow well, but only produce male flowers, therefore no pumpkins. What am I doing wrong?
By Kaye from Sydney, Australia
Go to garden department look for fertilizer that says something re producing flowers, and try that. (12/17/2009)
We had the same problem, the flowers were not being fertilized, you can either run around each morn with a art paint brush and fert' them yourself or as we did, attracted the bees to them. AS bees are attracted to blue and not the smell, we bought a couple of BIG blue silk flowers from the bargain store and placed amongst the vine. It works, also put them in veggie patch. (12/17/2009)
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Sandy from Bluff City, TN
Hey there! I think they've pretty much reached their full size at that point, but will fill out a bit. Mine haven't gotten quite that big yet, so I can't give you first hand experience. But last year, I think that after they had gotten big and started turning orange, they were still pretty smooth, without those characteristic pumpkin ridges. So as they turn orange, they'll fill out. Hope that helps! (07/31/2007)
By Beth - MA
In my experience they do not grow after they are orange. In fact, here in northern Saskatchewan, we have a short growing season, so we often have to pick pumpkins that are green, and then they ripen at room temperature. (07/31/2007)