By Janette from Parkersburg, WV
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
Can you grow pumpkins from the seeds we have just scraped out of the pumpkin?
By village from England
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?
The female flower will start a pumpkin, the male flower will just die off. My husband is trying to grow the "1000 lb ones from Big Atlantic Dill.
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Sandy from Bluff City, TN
By Beth - MA
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
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