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Hi Heather, Though it's bestHi Heather, Though it's best to harvest pumpkins when they are mature, they will ripen off the vine IF they are already turning color and if held under the proper conditions. Cut pumpkins from the vines gently with a sharp knife or pruners and leave 3 to 4 inches of stem attached so they will keep longer. Ideally, ripen in a well-ventilated barn or greenhouse at temps of 80 to 85 degrees F with a relative humidity of 80-85%. Night temperatures should not drop below the 60s. Even if pumpkins are ripe, a period of curing can improve storage life. The curing period should be about 10 days. During this process, the fruit skin hardens to keep it from rotting. Then, just store in a cool, dry place where the temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees F.

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