How to Grow, Cure and Store Pumpkins


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In this video, learn how to grow pumpkins—as well as when and how to cure and store your home-grown pumpkins. We’ll also give you tips on how to protect pumpkins from pests and how to grow the “big one” next year!

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I much prefer to read an article than to watch a video. I miss out on a lot of information because everyone has a video. Is it possible to obtain a transcript of this video? Thank you!

Green pumpkins

I live in Northern Canada and have a short growing season, one of my 3 pumpkins turned orange and the other 2 are still green turning orange slowly. Is this safe and will they be edible once they turn orange? This is the first time I have grown pumpkins and am very happy with the results. I have them stored in my porch at this time.

Green Pumpkins

Yes, once the pumpkins turn solid orange, they will be mature and ready for eating.


This answered all my questions and I also learned how to harden them off didn't know that. It is only august and I have a very large pumpkin that is already turning orange on the end. I was afraid that it would ripen to early, but now I know how to hold it over until Halloween. Thanks so much for the info.

How to grow, cure and store pumpkins

The illustration are perfect and the explanation matching the illustrations. However we could add some value by adding more information on how to identify a fully mature pumpkin that is ready for picking because that is where people mess up with the life span of pumpkin. Thanks

I liked the video, very

I liked the video, very informative, does this also apply to the Buternut squash

Curing and Storing Squash

Yes, definitely, these tips apply to Butternut Squash.  They’re so closely related that the care is pretty much identical.

ty,this was the first year my

ty,this was the first year my sister and i planted pumkins,and we have one that weights about 100lbs the steam where you cut it is creaking what should we do

growing giant pumpkin

Wow!! What color are the leaves that are attached to the stem that is creaking? Most pumpkins, when nearly ready have leaves that look really tatty and ones which start to die back. If this is the case and the pumpkin is turning orange all over I wouldn’t worry too much. Try to give it a tap and see if it sounds hollow, if it does that is another way of seeing if it is ready. If, however, it is still growing bigger and the leaves are still green and vibrant then you could try binding the stem together with something strong like duct tape to keep the moisture in and to strengthen it. I have done this with plum tree branches that are groaning and splitting under the weight of fruit and as a temporary measure it lasts quite well.  Even if it is not quite ready it should come to no harm as long as it is cured correctly.

This is a straight forward,

This is a straight forward, easy to follow video. Thank you so much for making it. Very helpful!

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