Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pumpkins Ripening Now Can Keep until October

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pumpkins Ripening Now Can Keep until October

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Q * My husband planted pumpkins too early. Is there any way we might be able to keep them until October?

A * When the pumpkins have fully ripened, you can cut them from the vine with a sharp instrument, Be sure to leave 3 or 4 inches of stem attached, as pumpkins and other winter squash store longer with that "handle" than without. After that, they can be stored in a warm, dry location, ideally at 55 to 60 degrees, and a relative humidity of 60 percent to 70 percent. Place them on shelves in a single layer with enough space between them so that air circulates freely. Avoid scratching the skin of a mature pumpkin, as this may reduce storage quality.

How do you tell when a pumpkin is fully ripe? When the skin has hardened, and has developed a deep color. For most varieties, that will be deep orange. …

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