Harvesting Big Max / Jack O'Lantern Varieties
Hello all. I am hoping you all can give me some advice, as this is my first year growing pumpkins. I planted big max and jack o'lantern varieties back in late May, and I am a little unsure about an appropriate harvest time.
My big max pumpkins have turned a dark shade of orange, and the leaves and vines are turning yellow and in some spots have died. My Jack O'Lantern pumpkins have turned orange as well, and again leaves are yellowing and drying up. It appears all have stopped growing in size, but I do not want to prematurely cut the pumpkins off. Is it safe to leave the pumpkins on the vines at this stage or should I go ahead and remove?