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I have about 25 pumpkins growing, some of which seem to be ripe and ready to pick. They are almost completely orange and appear to be hardened off. What would happen if they were picked now? Would they make it to Halloween or would they rot by then? Anybody have any experience with this?
 

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turkey4life said:
wait as long as possible before you pick them.
What turkey said....

Leave them on the vine... they might look like they are done but can fool ya...

Also, once cut, they start loosing water weight and then start to rot!
 

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Definately wait - unless there is an urgent need to remove them there is no reason to pick them until right when you will be using them.

Congrats on a great patch!
 

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Don't want to wait too long though, especially sitting on bare ground. They'll rot right there just the same.

If they were planted early, they will ripen early. When it's time, it's time. I had pumpkings self germinate from the previous years pumpkins I dumped and they were ripe by August 20th.

If the leaves are yellowing and vine drying, pick them and store them in a cool, dry location up off the ground. Concrete will rob it of it's moisture and dry it out. They should keep until October!

One website said to wash in a mild bleach soloution first but I haven't tried it.

I use this: http://www.pumpkinnook.com/
 
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