Harvesting Pumpkins and Squash - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
July 1, 2001

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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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