Harvesting Pumpkins and Squash - Knowledgebase Question

Bonsall, CA
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Question by shirsmed1
July 1, 2001
How can you tell when pumpkins and winter squash are mature and ready for harvest?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2001
Harvest pumpkins and winter squashes after they change to their expected color and after their skin is thick enough that a thumbnail doesn't puncture the fruit when you press on it. If you plan on storing the squash, don't let them get hit by frost or they will rot. Also, leave 2 inches of the stem attached for best storing.

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