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Tips to Keep Your Pumpkin Fresh!

Posted by Kim Ellson - Gardening

  • Select a healthy pumpkin. Carry out a touch test to ensure the pumpkin is still firm. If possible purchase your pumpkin local to ensure freshness. Look for visible signs of aging, damage or disease.
  • Use clean sharp tools and wash your hands prior to cutting the pumpkin to avoid transmitting bacteria.
  • Remove as much pulp from the inside of the pumpkin as possible. Remaining pulp will accelerate the decomposition process.
  • Soak your pumpkin with a water/bleach solution. This will inhibit the growth of bacteria and rot, thereby greatly slowing the decomposition process. For those seeking an alternative to bleach, spray your pumpkin with a water/lemon juice solution daily. Ready solutions can also be purchased as sprays.
  • Seal your pumpkin with either petroleum jelly or vegetable oil. Apply to areas with no pumpkin skin.
  • Keep your pumpkin cool. Pumpkins will certainly fare better outdoors than indoors. If pumpkins are kept indoors, move these outdoors overnight.
  • If we experience warm weather ensure your pumpkin is hydrated by either misting with water or soaking in water.
  • Try and keep your pumpkins from becoming a meal for critters. This is easier said than done!
  • Keep in mind, the later you purchase your pumpkin, the better it will look come Halloween.

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