I am looking for information on when pumkins are ripe.



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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