Pumpkins can not be disturbed while they are growing. You can, however, harvest a bit early. Though a mature pumpkin has a deep orange color and hardened rind, you can pick them as soon as the pumpkin starts to change color. It will ripen off the vine if is in a well-ventilated barn or greenhouse. If the pumpkin is still green, however, it will not ripen as you wish. The best temperatures for ripening are 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 80 to 85%. Night temperatures should not drop below the sixties. stored in a cool, dry place. Ideal temperatures are between 50° and 60° F and relative humidity of 50 to 70%.
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