Harvesting pumpkins

It’s about time to harvest pumpkins again. Our pumpkin vine this year was a volunteer that sprang up in the chook run from the remnants of an old compost heap. It didn’t get any TLC because we half expected the chooks to trample it before it became established. However, it defied the odds and performed magnificently – which only goes to show how good compost is for growing vegetables.
I think it was only watered once but it received plenty of rain during its growing period, and the vine has produced at least 14 JAP pumpkins that we have found so far. JAP pumpkin is closely related to butternut pumpkin, gramma and trombone squash (Cucurbita moschata). These are thinner skinned and don’t keep as long as the Queensland Blue types (C. maxima).
Because we couldn’t spare the water last year, we bought all our pumpkins and some of them weren’t the best because of the drought. Consequently, we were curious to see what we could expect from our volunteer plant and picked one of the pumpkins early. (As you can see in the photo below, the stem is still moist.) Pumpkins picked at this stage do not keep well but we are using this pumpkin immediately, so it doesn’t matter. Now that they are nearly ripe, we will put a broken piece of foam box or thick cardboard under each fruit to keep them drier and clear of the ground, so they are less likely to rot. We will be leaving the rest of the crop until the vine dies off, and the stems become brittle, as that is when they develop their full flavour and store well. If you can’t wait that long, at least wait until the tendril closest to each pumpkin browns off.
Don’t worry about frost on your pumpkins, it will only kill the vines, and it is said that frost toughens the skins so that pumpkins keep longer.
P.S. When the vines had died back a bit, we realised that the vine had produced 28 pumpkins. Not bad for a volunteer vine! There were, of course, more than enough to supply family and friends, and we were able to sell the rest through our local organic greengrocer.

93 thoughts on “Harvesting pumpkins

  1. Do butternut pumpkin vines produce for a second year? Mine did not die off and have spread vigorously. Not many flowers and I can’t see pumpkins so far. I’m in SE Qld.

    Pumpkins are annuals. Has the vine already produced a crop of pumpkins? If it has, it is likely it is a self-sprouted new vine. If it hasn’t produced a crop yet, perhaps it was not happy with conditions when it was sown. Pinch off the ends of long runners, as the female flowers that produce pumpkins often form on side shoots. If some of the flowers it has produced are female, you may have to hand-pollinate. See: Squash family not forming fruits
    The other possibility is that it has an excess of nitrogen compared to other nutrients that help form fruit. In which case apply liquid complete fertiliser around the plant roots.

  2. I have just discovered this article and it seems the best so far. I’m in Tasmania and have 2 pumpkin vines that have self sown.
    Looking at your picture I believe one to be a jap although I’ve never bought them and it randomly grew in the back corner of my block. I harvested one around 50 days post pollination (pp) and it was very pale inside but roasted was like butter melting in the mouth. I have another 11 still growing on that vine.
    The other is in my compost and I believe is a butternut due to shape however has green stripes like a Jap/Kent just pale. I harvested the biggest at 53days PP (5.9kg) and again very pale and not overly flavoursome. Another 5-8 still growing.
    Should I leave and hope a frost doesn’t kill them? We have snow forecast for the state this week and temps 4-17deg

    Katrina, you have picked your pumpkins too early. To get the best flavour, the best time to harvest them is when the vines start to die off, or at the the earliest when the stem turns brown. Pick them with as much stem as possible and place them in a warm, dry spot for a week or two, then keep them in a cool dry place such as a shed or garage. Jap/Kent pumpkins do not keep for as long as the tougher skinned varieties.

  3. We had 3 beautiful Jap Pumpkin in April that I shared with friends, we are at the end of May still have about 12 on the vines two hanging on a Guava three. They are about 15 – 17 cms can I bring them in now or can it wait a bit longer?
    It sounds as though the 12 small pumpkins started producing much later, possibly after a lot of rain? You can try picking one to see if they are mature enough. If the flesh is quite pale, they are not ready, and you should leave them until the vine dies back, or at least until the tendril closest to each pumpkin has turned brown. – Lyn

  4. June, in response to your question on how to stop cut pumpkins going mouldy, I suggest using a beeswax wrap. I cut a big pumpkin in half, and wrap one half in a big beeswax wrap, put it in the back of the fridge and it will stay fresh for up to 4 weeks. The other half I usually store in a plastic bag in the fridge and cut bits off for cooking as I need them, it gets used up in 1-2 weeks. Beeswax wraps are amazing for storing fresh vegies, can be used over and over, much better for the environment than cling wrap. Liz

    Thank you, Liz. – Lyn

  5. Does anyone know a way to stop pumpkins going moldy after they are cut, is it because they are not ripe enough?
    No, it seems to happen to fully ripe pumpkins, too. It could be that they are not very acidic. The only way I’ve found to delay it is covering the cut surface with cling wrap and keeping them refrigerated. Maybe someone else has found a solution.

  6. Hi, I had some pumpkin vines come up after moving some soil, (january) & have had 15 lovely Jap style fruit, BUT it is now August & the vines are still growing. I’m on the north side of Brisbane & dont know whether to pull the vines out or wait & see if they produce more fruit. I’m told not to pick the fruit until the vine dies ???? I have just picked one when I wanted one. If I waited for the vine to die, I would never get one. Will they produce more fruit? or should I just pull the vines out? Kel
    If the ones you have picked have a good colour and taste, I’d keep picking them as you want to use them. While the weather is relatively warm in Brisbane regions, the vines will keep growing. JAP/Kent type pumpkins do not store as well as the harder skinned varieties, so if you pull the vines out and harvest all your crop at once, they may rot before you can use all of them.

  7. I read somewhere once that leaving a metre of vine on when you harvest pumpkins allows them to continue to mature so that’s what I’ve done in the past. We have also had rats so last year I carefully placed them in the laundry – only had a dozen so could step past those ok. Thanks for letting me know that frost won’t hurt the fruit, I might just prop them off the ground for another week as the vine is still a bit green.
    I planted 14 vines this year that I’d raised from seed – the wallabies and wombats dealt all bar one with fatal blows – the wallaby sat on them and the wombats dug them out. But I have one Jap from the remaining vine and some volunteers sprang up in the blueberry bed and the rose bed so plenty of pumpkins. I did enjoy reading everyone’s comments, thanks.

    I hadn’t heard that method of ripening before.– Lyn

  8. Hi, Thanks for this article – I wish I’d read it before anything else and left my pumpkins in for longer. The leaves were kind of dying, but the stems are green, but believing that the frost would rot them all, I harvested and have a collection of Kent’s of varying sizes sitting in the spare room. If I put them outside (out of the rain) will they harden/ripen up at this time of year? Or are they likely to spoil quickly no matter what I do because I harvested most of them too early? I also cut one and the flesh is a really pale yellow (not ripe). Is there a way of ripening a cut pumpkin? Thank you.
    No, unfortunately, they won’t ripen after picking. Look on the bright side. You have learned a valuable lesson and you will be more expert at producing a bumper crop next growing season.

  9. This was a great article and very helpful. We had a few stray vines come over our fence that produced good size jap pumpkins. Our problem is how do we keep the neighbour hood rats from eating all our pumpkins.. We entirely lost last years and are fast loosing this years as well . We thought of painting them with chilli. Hey, it worked for the dog! Any suggestions would be great! Cheers.
    Yes, chilli will deter dogs but there was a rat in our garden that used to steal the chillis from the plant, and take them into the shade house to enjoy them in peace. Apparently, rats hate the smell of peppermint oil or camphor. They are also deterred by the smell of used cat litter. If you have access to this pungent product, you can hang some in old stockings near your pumpkins. If used cat litter is not an option, try getting some cheap cat litter and sprinkle it with peppermint oil, and hang that in old stockings.

  10. I am interested to know why pumpkins can’t be planted alongside potatoes? We have 2 raised garden beds with “unexpected” pumpkin vines growing in them alongside our potato crops. I was unaware they shouldn’t be grown together and am interested in what this is going to do to our pumpkins. Both pumpkin vines (Kent) have good healthy looking pumpkins growing….4 on each vine. The leaves took a terrible beating with an horrific hail storm several weeks ago but the pumpkins appear unscathed and still happily growing.
    Lynne, apart from the fact that pumpkin vines produce a large amount of foliage and large fruit, which requires a lot of water and nutrients resulting in less available for your potato plants and a smaller crop of potatoes, both plants are subject to attack by the Phytophthora and Alternaria species of pathogens that can cause potato blights, and Colletotrichum coccodes that can cause black spot in potatoes.

  11. If you plant some borage in your garden, if there are bees around, they will go crazy over the beautiful blue flowers. My neighbours this year, said there were no bees, I had masses of them, it is just that they liked the borage better than the plants others had to offer.

    Borage will self seed and you will never be without it, unless you pull it all out. I always leave several plants to mature and set seed all year around.

  12. I have a jap pumpkin vine out of the compost heap that started back in December. One fruit has grown to about 30cm across but the plant is still flowering both male and female. Can I pick this one? I can’t see any nearby tendrils dying back. With all out late rain the vine itself is flourishing. Perplexed.
    I’d try to hang back until you see the tendril brown off, as picking pumpkins too early means the the flesh hasn’t matured, it’s usually pale, and the taste is disappointing.

  13. Hi. I have had both QLD Blue and Jap Pumpkins growing this year. I live in Arcadia, North Sydney. They have been a lot of work.
    I have researched, trimmed the leaves, watered and fertilized every couple of weeks, planted in good organic soil at the start, and ended up with 4 to 5 small to medium pumpkins all season. They tend to stop growing at about 35cm diameter.
    I was assured pumpkin was an easy grower?? What’s going on? Had plenty of bees, and lush leaf grow. Yes, this is indeed a good forum.

    Perhaps a little too much TLC, Virginia, with the extra fertiliser going into foliage growth rather than producing fruit. 35 cm is a good size for Jap pumpkins. How large were you expecting them to grow?
    Female flowers that produce the crop often form on side shoots. Pinching off the tips of long runners on your vine can encourage more side shoots to grow and provide more opportunities for a larger crop. Also, this article may provide some tips for you to try next year: Assisting root growth

  14. Interesting to read. I have Jap pumpkins in this year, and there about 9 that I can see, all looking nice. I’ve just picked the first one.
    My extra hint to attract bees is to note that they really like blue flowers. The self seeded Borage and the planned Rosemary seem to attract lots, so the other plants benefit.

    Bees are also very fond of lavender.

  15. I am the laziest gardener I know and my compost really only exists so I don’t add to landfill and now I too have a volunteer pumpkin and it looks like there are beaps of pumpkins hiding throughout this beautiful lush vine. ?
    Vivienne, Nature is just showing you how much pumpkins (and all other plants) love compost. Enjoy your unintended harvest.

  16. Hi Lyn Thanks for your helpful article. I now know I need to quickly use the pumpkin I have harvested a bit early. The vine grew out of my compost and survived the chooks. Just today I noticed that the leaves are dying back a bit and I found 8 big pumpkins – then I found 2 more hanging 2 m up in the neighbours pine trees! I wish I could send you a picture.
    I’ve no idea what pumpkin they are though so I don’t know how well they will keep. They are pale gray with a tinge of green and basketball sized.

    Lydia, the pale grey ones usually have tougher skins than the Kent variations, and tend to keep longer. Leave them until the vines die off to get full maturity, and best keeping properties.

  17. We are just north of Sydney on the coast. I had a butternut self seed in our chicken run, we had fenced off half to plant some natives and the pumpkin has taken over! Lots of fruit forming and not sure how many vines there are, but some fruit are falling off at about 10cm but more coming. We have bees so that helps! Just wondering if we should trim the vine though to promote pumpkin growth rather then just getting more and more.. they have loads of room (40 metre square) but it’s nearly full. Any thoughts? TIA
    Encouraging auxiliary root growth will help your vines stay healthy. See Assisting root growth – Lyn

  18. I had a butternut vine survive the winter here in subtropical Queensland, and it’s had two mature pumpkins on since late October. Both have nice bloom on them now. The vine of course is just getting into its stride, growing like crazy and with lots of new pumpkins coming. Do you think the two mature pumpkins will improve significantly if I leave them for another 4- 5 months?
    Ken, if the stems are brown, instead of green, they are ready to pick and leaving them long past that stage probably won’t improve them.

  19. I live in nth NSW and have had great success with growing pumpkins. Last year was with Jap pumpkins growing in a raised garden bed – a metre deep full of pure compost (sandy black loam with composted veg scraps, egg shells, etc). 22 pumpkins off one vine. Unfortunately the last few rotted as we could not find a cool dry place to store them and the humidity got to them. This years crop is Qld Blues and we have 10 pumpkins at last count. The vine is taking over the back yard – even our dog gives it a wide berth. The forums indicate that harvest time is autumn. It is now early October and the green pumpkins are 250mm diameter already and growing about 15mm diameter a day. How big do these grow? At this rate I will need a box trailer to move them by autumn.

    We have such diverse climate conditions in Australia, specifying Autumn, is a bit random. Warmer parts of Australia grow crops at different times from temperate and cool climates. Basically, the time to harvest pumpkins is when the vine dies back and the stem becomes brittle or, at the earliest, when the tendril closest to the fruit is brown. – Lyn

  20. When is the best time to plant butternut pumpkins? I planted mine and I have 2 that are almost ready to pick and another 2 growing but I think the vines will die soon, am I right? Stef
    It depends on which climate zone you live in, Stef, and I have no idea where you are. – Lyn

  21. I’m in Seymour, about 50 mins north of Melbourne in Victoria. This is my second year of growing Kent pumpkins, first year was an accident compost scraps sprouted. This year’s plant sprouted on its own, wasn’t planted but I’ve got 2 pumpkin’s that have gotten large enough to pick. Should I place cardboard under the fruit and how long should I wait to harvest. Also is it normal to still be getting flowers on the vine this late in the season, new flowers nearly every day. Thanks
    Hi Tracy, yes, putting pieces of foam box under your pumpkins will help keep the bases dry. Thick cardboard, if you are not getting a lot of rain, can also be used. The article tells you when to pick JAP/Kent pumpkins – when the vine dies off for best flavour, and not before the tendril closest to the pumpkin has browned off, if you can’t wait that long. A lot of plants are flowering out of season now. It is a sign of climate change, which confuses plants whose flowering is stimulated by temperature. We have had Hibiscus and Frangipani burst into flower in winter on one occasion. – Lyn

  22. If you need bees, I suggest you consider planting sedum! It’s a beautiful plant and the bees just seem to love it!

  23. I’m in Mornington Victoria and we’ve just had our first frosty night…below zero, and woken up to damaged pumpkin vine!!!! What do I do? There are about 7 -10 pumpkins on the vine….do I cut them off and bring indoors &; try to use??? Or leave on vine???
    Hi Nicola, I don’t know what type of pumpkins you are growing but pumpkins that are grown for storage are best harvested after the vine dies off. If you pick them too early, they are often pale-fleshed and haven’t developed a good flavour. You could pick one if you wish, and try it. – Lyn

  24. I have ten butternut and three Jap on my wild plants grown from compost heap of last tenant in this house so that will stretch my budget! Just waiting for a frost. Fruit big and full sounding. So pleased. Will throw some seeds in next year too and some zucchinis. Good idea about the cardboard.
    Wonderful, Tina. You have also discovered how pumpkin vines thrive on compost. A lesson for gardeners everywhere. You don’t need to wait for a frost to harvest, just until the vine dies off.– Lyn

  25. I live up Cape York and was told the old mailman used to plant a few pumpkin seeds where their had been a fire in the bush that he’d see as he was doing the mail run. My son was doing some work at Wolverton station, north of Archer River and they put pumpkins where there had been a fire and got heaps. I planted some seeds where we’d burnt and I’ve produced 28 Qld blue from the one vine .Planted at the start of the wet ,so plenty of rain . Not quite sure when to pick , have been when the pumpkins are a bit yellow. I’d been told wait till stalk died, but they were fine. Loverly and sweet. Stu

    Congratulations on your impressive pumpkin crop, Stu. In bushland, as organic matter breaks down, the soil becomes more acidic and the potash released by fire improves the pH and provides calcium and potassium, all of which are needed to produce good mature fruit. – Lyn

  26. Mid north coast NSW. When I was little people used to leave a pumpkins out on the tank stand after picking it to ripen. Was that just the blue pumpkins or an old wives tale?
    I am growing Jap/kent pumpkins and have a very healthy vine ( which has taken over my whole garden which I am ok with as only had capsicum in @ moment) with many fruit on it and I have picked three good size ones before the stem browned. So from what I have read on this site, I now know I can use them straight away?
    Although, I will now not pick the rest till the vine dies. Thanks. Also we have had lots of rain so will now put cardboard under each of the fruit. Also thanks.

    No, Kim, it wasn’t an old wives tale. They were Cucurbita maxima varieties of pumpkin that have tough skins and tend to store well. These include Queensland Blue, Jarrahdale, and Australian Ironbark. You are showing excellent soil management if your vine is healthy enough to produce many fruits.
    The Japanese/Kent variety (Cucurbita moschata) does not keep as well because of its thinner skin and, I would be checking the vine regularly, picking and using the pumpkins where the curly tendril (not the stem) closest to each fruit has browned. Otherwise, if you leave them all until the vine dies, they will all be ripe at once and you will probably have to share them with family and friends because of their shorter storage period. The only problem with picking pumpkins before they are fully mature is that they have not developed their full colour (beta carotene content) and the flavour tends to be insipid and less sweet.
    By the way, giving pumpkin scraps to your chooks produces egg yolks with a rich, golden colour. – Lyn

  27. Hi lyn, My pumpkins seem to stop growing when they get to around 40-50 cms round. Vines are still nice and green, and water the plant every second day. I haven’t furtilised since December and if I need too what is best to use? Also the pumpkins are growing on grass , should I put something under the pumpkin to stop it from whitening on the bottom, if yes what should I use? Thanks in advance.

    Tony, as they produce a lot of foliage they need a good supply of nutrients to keep them growing strongly. A complete organic fertiliser such as pelleted poultry manure and some mature compost applied around the main root area and any auxiliary roots is suitable.
    As it says in the post above “a broken piece of foam box or thick cardboard” under each pumpkin will keep them clear of the ground but they tend to be a lighter colour where they get less light. – Lyn

  28. Hi, My pumpkins are growing so well that it appears I have attracted the entire rat population in my area to gorge on my delicious organic produce including pumpkins, eggplant and cucumbers before they are ready for picking. How do I keep the rats away so that I can pick them when they are ripe? I have tried traps and poison (away from the produce as I want it to be organic) but no luck so far.

    Hi Penny,if you have tried traps and poisons with no luck, I have no idea why you are having so much trouble with rats attacking your lovely produce. Does anyone else have any bright ideas? – Lyn

  29. Hi Lyn, thank you for your reply. It is a butternut pumpkin. Some sites say to cut the leaves back to allow the sun to ripen the pumpkin but another site states to retain the leaves for shade so am a little confused.
    Hi Diane, you haven’t said where you live, but I don’t think sun on the pumpkins helps ripening and, in some parts of Australia, can cause sun damage to the crop. The foliage in the photo in the above article is hiding 28 pumpkins, and they all ripened beautifully. – Lyn

  30. I have a pumpkin that grew from my compost that was put in my garden bed. It has take over with many very large pumpkins but the pumpkins seem to be taking forever to ripen. Can I pick the pumpkins and ripen them off the vine? The garden bed it grew in has ground cover and flowers that are battling the pumpkin for space and I worry they will die unless I remove the pumpkin plant.

    You haven’t said which type of pumpkin it is, Diane. If it is a Kent/Jap pumpkin you can pick and use them when the tendril closest to the pumpkin turns brown, because these don’t keep for long. Most pumpkins are not harvested until the vine dies off because they do not ripen after picking. It really depends on what you want to keep most – the ground cover and flowers, or the pumpkins. – Lyn

  31. Hi, I amm looking for some help. I statarted the year with several very healthy pumpkin plants that just popped up in a new area of my new garden in Bendigo Victoria, this section of garend had plenty of cow poo and potash add, all was going well plenty of flowers and bees. My problem is the plants started to wilt and brown, my first thought was lack of water and sunburn, but now I am not sure, the browning has got worse as has the wilting and the plants are dying…I would appreciate any suggestions. cheers Jennifer.

    Jennifer, the wilting sounds like lack of water. I think you had some very hot days and not much rain in your area during December and January. Browning of leaves also occurs under these conditions. Pumpkin vines produce an enormous amount of foliage for one set of roots to service, and they need to form extra roots to keep them healthy. This post, Assisting root growth, will help you to encourage more roots on your vine.
    The other possible cause of the browning leaves is that you may have overdone the potash. This accumulates in soil as potassium salts, which damages existing roots and shows up as brown edges to leaves.

  32. Hi we bought a house recently that the previous owner had obsiously thrown food scraps on a garden bed and we have tomatoes and pumpkins growing. I have a couple of pumpkins that are a golden colour and they have a pattern similar to a kent pumpkin but I have had them on there for a couple of months now (all the vine growth around them has died off) but the pumpkins haven’t changed colour just got a deeper golden. When can I pick them and is there a pumpkin that looks like a kent pumpkin and stays golden in colour? Or does it take a long time to change colour? Thank you
    I am not familiar with pumpkins that fit your description, except for the Styrian Hull-less pumpkin Cucurbita pepo styrica whose hull-less seeds are Pepitas, or the seeds could have come from a plant that was cross-pollinated with a gramma or butternut.
    Whatever its origin, it should be mature if the vine has died off. – Lyn

  33. Thank you for responding. I live in Saskatchewan Canada. I have never grown giant pumpkins before so any advice you can offer will be valuable. I mistakenly cut two off as they were getting to big to handle, but on the yellow side. I noticed today that the largest one broke off at the stem on its own. It happened a few days ago as the stem had hardened and browned. The larger one is more orange in colour. I have two more growing yet, but aren’t huge to deal with yet.

    Debi, you may find this website helpful: When to pick giant pumpkins – Lyn

  34. I’m growing Seminole Pumpkins in N FL for the first time and have four pumpkins on the huge vine so far. Please advise as to when I can harvest/what to look for and also if I should limit the number of fruits per vine. I read somewhere to not have more than three on a vine. Thank you,

    I am not familiar with this variety of pumpkin as they are not usually grown in Australia. This website tells you when they should be harvested. seminole-pumpkin

  35. Hi there. I loved to hear of all the pumpkin activities. My 2 vines grew in my tomato patch. At first I was very proud of them but once I was unable to get near to reach any tomatoes I was not so pleased. My garden ended up a jungle of vines and a possible home for a snake! I have lots of pumpkins, the largest so far 11.9k.
    Well done, Bernadette. You must have very healthy soil to get that result. Pleased to hear the snakes didn’t cause any problems. – Lyn 🙂

  36. Hi First time growing pumpkins and I have 4 on the vine. I had to hand pollinate as no bees at all. Not one even seen in my garden this year. My question is do the pumpkins vine just die off and regrow new year ? And when do they stop producing pumpkins – I live in Brisbane. Thanks
    Hi Pam, no, they won’t grow next year as pumpkin vines are an annual. Pumpkins reach maturity from autumn onwards so they are unlikely to form new ones now. You haven’t said which variety you are growing but pumpkins are mature when the vine dies off, although you can pick them when the curly tendril closest to the pumpkin has turned brown. – Lyn

  37. Thanks for the article. It’s great having a local aussie site because our climate is so different to the northern hemisphere and thus their sites don’t often apply). I’m in my third year of volunteer pumpkin vines. This year has been so dry (blue mountains, nsw) and numbers are down, but quality seems much better. I did a lot of hand pollinating this year – where have the bees gone? ?? Expecting 17 orange bubbas this year. Had 27 last year but a few were only good for chook fodder.

    Hi Graeme, pumpkin for chooks produces eggs with richly-coloured yolks, providing us with important anti-oxidants. Unfortunately, the use of neo-nicotinoid pesticides and the spread of the varroa mite are proving to be disastrous for bees, and numbers are rapidly declining. This is becoming a serious problem as one third of all the food we eat requires bees for pollination. – Lyn

  38. great article I’ve been reading gardening books but found no details about harvesting
    have 2 butternuts on vine grown from my saved seed, going well
    but had to hand pollinate due to shortage of bees
    lots of early water but now waiting to collect fruit of my efforts

  39. G’day first time I have had Japs in and out of the 3 pumpkin vines only one pumpkin so far, it’s as big as a basketball, do they grow that big all the time? Regards Peter
    Hi Peter, pumpkins from well-grown vines can get close to basketball size. If your 3 plants only formed one pumpkin between them it sounds as though you had a shortage of female flowers or a shortage of bees to pollinate them.
    Female flowers often form on side shoots. For next year (it’s too late for this crop) if you pinch off the ends of the long runners it usually stimulates the growth of side shoots. If lack of pollinators is your problem, see: Squash family not forming fruit
    This method of hand-pollination suits all members of the squash or cucurbit family. – lyn

  40. Why are our pumpkins flesh pale in colour and tasteless.
    Hi Anne, If you used seed that you or a friend saved from their pumpkins, it could be poor quality seed or it has been possibly cross-pollinated with a cattle pumpkin.
    If you used seed that you bought from a nursery, it is probably because you have harvested your pumpkins too early. Did you wait until “the vine dies off, and the stems become brittle, as that is when they develop their full flavour and store well. If you can’t wait that long, at least wait until the tendril closest to each pumpkin browns off”? – Lyn

  41. thank you very much for the information.
    i thought i was so smart allowing my pumpkin vines to grow where ever they wanted to. this year my false lemon hedge has flowered 3 times so far and attracted bees at the correct times rain fall has been plentiful and i have not needed to water at all. lazy.
    crop numbers best ever over 20. worm farms rule. all vege and fruit scraps. now have plenty to share which makes me happy and i like being happy. nature is terrific. so are the worms. i also have a paw paw tree from my worm farms with fruit as large as any in the shop. hope i can beat the bats. loved the reading well done

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