Picking Pumpkins - Knowledgebase Question

Palatine, Il
Question by clmother
August 27, 2010
My pumpkin is already fully orange. When do I pick it off the vine? I do not want it to rot. thank you


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Answer from NGA
August 27, 2010

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Harvest pumpkins when they have developed a uniform orange color and have a hard rind. Mature pumpkins have very hard skins that can't be punctured with your thumb nail. And, when mature, your pumpkin will have dull-looking surfaces. Harvest all mature pumpkins before a hard freeze. A light frost will destroy the vines but should not harm the fruit. Most pumpkins are ready to harvest in late September or early October.

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