First time pumpkin grower questions

mamagradener(7b)August 15, 2013

Hi, My Daughter and i had a great success growing pumpkins for the first time this year. There is 8 of them soon to be more. Some of them are turning orange and haven't grown really in three days. I tried to puncture them with my finger nail but it doesn't even make a dent. Should i leave them on the vine longer to turn more orange or should i cut them. i would like to have them for halloween for jack o lanterns. I also have new female flowers about to open and i would like to get more if i can. I read the plant will die if i don't harvest them when the pumpkins are ripe, is this true?
i also have a bad case of powdery mildew but still have tons of healthy looking leaves. Trying the milk remedy with not much luck but i started late in the game.
Thanks so much, if it wasn't for all the people on this website i would not have been so successful !!!

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planetes(7b (Cascadia - PNW))

I usually leave mine on the vine for a bit but once they start to turn color and pass the fingernail test you can pick them any time and they'll continue to ripen

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 7:33PM
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mamagradener(7b)

Okay thanks so much for your reply planetes :) I am leaving them on the vine until they are very orange. I just hope it doesn't kill the plant because i have a ton of new little pumpkins starting to grow !

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 10:13AM
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