Are Pumkins Ready to Harvest - Knowledgebase Question

Rahway, NJ
Question by jdbead
August 29, 1999
How do I know when my pumkins are ripe and ready to harvest?

I want to make pies!


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Answer from NGA
August 29, 1999

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It's best to let pumpkins mature fully right on the vine. To
test for maturity, press your fingernail into the rind. If the
skin doesn't dent, then the shell is hardenend and it's ready
to harvest. Take a few inches of stem when you harvest.

Your pumpkins should last a few months if you take a few
precautions: First, let the newly-harvested pumkins sit in the
sun or in a well-ventilated place for about a week. (Protect them from frost.) After
that, the ideal storage temperature is 50-55 F. However,
I've kept pumpkins on my front stoop up to and beyond
Halloween by bringing them indoors whenever a frost
threatens.

Enjoy those pies!

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