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I am looking for information on when pumkins are ripe.

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For early harvest of winter squash, press your finger nail into the rind and if moisture appears, fruit should remain on the vine.  Pick before a hard freeze, leaving 2 – 3 inches of stem attached to the fruit to help prevent rot while in storage.  Pumpkins should be harvested in the same manner.  After picking, leave fruit in a warm, dry, well-ventilated area for 10 days before placing in storage.  Pick summer squash on a regular basis when mature, young and tender. 

Posted on 31 Aug 2007

Karl Hauptfleisch
Salt Lake Master Gardener

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