How to store a pumpkin once it’s been picked

Pumpkin season is upon us and the fields at the farm are speckled with the orange and green hues of hundreds of early autumn squash.

But once you’ve visited the Pick Your Own fields and chosen your pumpkin how do you ensure it keeps until the big night? Follow these few simple tips and your pumpkin will easily make it to Halloween and beyond.

Once the pumpkin is picked from the vine you have anywhere from 30 to 90 days before it goes over.

The first thing you need to do is give it a good wash in a mild antibacterial solution. This will kill any nasties that may cause rot.

Now you need to find a suitable place to store the pumpkin. Unsurprisingly dark, dry and cool is best, ideally around 15 degrees but be careful that it doesn’t go below 10 degrees. Certainly avoid direct sunlight and warm or overly moist atmospheres as these encourage decomposition.

Place the pumpkin on a piece of board or cardboard or even hay bales if you fancy. It is important the pumpkins are kept apart so if any do start to rot it doesn’t spread. If storing in a pantry keep it off the floor particularly if the floor is cement as again this promotes rot.

Have you booked your PYO Pumpkin slot yet? We can’t wait to see what you all do with your pumpkins!

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