Ripen Pumpkins without Freezing them?
Okay it's 1 week till Halloween, and I've got about 15 pumpkins, all but 3 of which are still quite green. I'm afraid most of them will not be Orange in time for Halloween. Can anyone give me advice about speeding up the process?
Last year, when it got cold I picked a few and put them up next to the house, a couple weeks before Halloween to make sure they wouldn't be freeze damaged, but two weeks later, I found that those next to the house hadn't changed color much, but the ones I left out in the Garden had mostly turned orange.
I know if they get frozen hard, then when they thaw they kind of turn to mush. It was supposed to get to 26 Wednesday night, so I went out in the dark after the 10 o'clock news and picked the 4 biggest ones and put them in my garage so they wouldn't be frozen. I think it got down to about 25, but the ones I left out still seem sound. Just how cold does it have to get to damage these pumpkins anyway? Am I wasting my time bringing them in for fear of the cold?
I'm not sure what to do with these ones I picked to get them to ripen up. Is this one of those exhaled methane or CO2 things?
My little ones are going to be disappointed if our Jack-o-lanterns are mostly green this year.