Most uncarved pumpkins will last anywhere from 2 to 3 months outside. However, the longer they’re stored outdoors, the better their chances of survival. If you live in a temperate climate where temperature fluctuations are minimal, keeping them sealed inside is unnecessary. This can hinder their growth and development because it dampens their natural resistance to pests and diseases.
If you decide to store your pumpkin inside, make sure that it’s well-ventilated so that moisture doesn’t build up and cause damage. And if there is rain or snow predicted in your area soon after storing your pumpkin, put it back out on the deck for maximum freshness!
How to Prevent Rotting Pumpkins from Ruining Your Fall Front Porch
One of the most common problems homeowners face during the fall is pumpkins rotting on their front porches. Rotting pumpkins can cause a greenish-black residue to develop on the porch railing and fascia and stains on wood decks or floors. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to take some precautions before your pumpkin arrives.
- First, clean your garden/pumpkin patch thoroughly before planting. This will remove any possible vegetation and debris conducive to mold growth.
- Secondly, do not put fresh pumpkins down near a concrete walkway or driveway; they will likely rot there due to moisture uptake by the pavement.
- Store your Pumpkins away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures, which are known contributors to mold growth.
- Third, don’t store pumpkins in a dark or drafty spot. Pumpkins are prone to fade and browning when exposed to sunlight, so keep them out of direct sunlight if you think they’ll be stored outside for many months, like during the winter/autumn seasons.
- Finally, make sure that your porch is well-ventilated. This will prevent moisture from building up and encourage mold growth on wood deck surfaces and vinyl, aluminum, or other materials that you may be using.
- After following these simple steps above, your pumpkins will hopefully prevent all types of rotting during their time in storage and should last the entire preservation period. Hope this helps fellow gardeners worldwide with all of those awesome veggie decorations!!!
How To Keep a Pumpkin From Going Bad Without Hurting Wildlife
Pumpkins are a delicious and versatile crop that can be used for many purposes, including sustenance. However, if you want to keep your pumpkins from going bad without hurting wildlife, there are a few tips that you should follow:
- Brush a spicy oil over the pumpkin. This spicy oil will help keep the pumpkins from rotting in the ground and prevent birds, squirrels, and other animals that can harm your crop from touching it. Oil does not affect how palatable your pumpkin is to humans (unlike some more exotic oils), so you can still enjoy its consumption without harming your local fauna due to external factors.
- Cover your pumpkin with a rag or cloth. This keeps the pumpkins from drying out and, therefore, not rotting.
- Castile soap with peppermint as the main ingredient. Castile soap is high in emulsifiers which can make all surface manifestations of a water–liquid, thus preventing wicked frosts and rotting skin on both leaves and fruit.
How to Prevent Pumpkin Rot on the Vine
One of the most common problems that gardeners face is pumpkin rot. This typically happens when the vines get too much water and dump excess moisture onto the fruit, which leads to decay. There are a few things that you can do to prevent this from happening:
- Keep your pumpkin patch well-watered by setting up a drip system or underground sprinklers.
- Make sure that your soil is well-maintained and enriched with appropriate nutrients. Dead plant cells will release harmful bacteria, which will then cause root rot in your plants.
- Fertilize regularly with an organic fertilizer designed specifically for growing crops in moist environments like gardens (like Earth EcoFERTILIZER’s Organic Cottonseed & Bone Meal Garden fertilizers). These fertilizers contain all the minerals and vitamins needed by plants in wet climates, including phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium.
- Scout for pests early on so that you can take measures to control them before they inflict damage on your crops.