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How long will a pumpkin last?

Posted by packer43064 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 7, 07 at 6:30

grew 2 Big Max pumpkin plants last year. I only just got 1 pumpkin though, it is probaly just under the shape of a basketball. So it's not real big, but it was my first year growing one, so I was happy as can be.

I think I picked it around October like the beginning of the month. It's downstairs in a dark place on some blankets, and it's still like alive, like it's not falling apart or anything. I thought by like December it would be a gonner, all moldy and everything but it still lasted. That would make it, if I picked it at the beginning of October be 5 months old going on to sixth in April.

I never thought it would last that long, it does look alot different then when I first picked it but not like anything bad or anything.

Does anyone think the insides would be ok, or would it be all dried out. I was thinking since it's not looking that good and who knows how long I got left on it, That I would make a pumpkin pie out of it, just to make it worthwhile for growing it. Thnx for everyhting.

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RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

I don't have a clue as to how long it might last.
I've heard of a few pumpkins drying out, and becoming sort of a "hard shell", but that's very rare.
Pick it up, carefully, and notice whether it is as heavy as it was last fall. If its not, it will probably be pretty fragile. Have a bucket handy in case you need to get rid of it in a hurry.
If it is still heavy, I doubt the insides would be usable.

Let us know how it is.


RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

I also can only say - it depends.

Big Max is a cucurbita maxima and the longest storing squash (pumpkin) are in that family. The colour of the skin does change in storage. That is normal, most squash/pumpkin change colour.

I have about 25 squash left in storage (on the windowsill in the living room) which we will eat until about the end of May. But they are not big exhibition pumpkins like Big Max, but culinary winter squashes which are more compact, more dense fleshed etc.

I doubt very much that Big Max would be all dried out. Ornamental gourds do that and of the eating squashes I only know that Yellow Crookneck dries out.

If your Big Max hasn't started rotting, then the insides are still perfectly edible. It won't have quite the delicious flavour of some of the speciality squashes (for example buttercup or kabocha), but will be perfectly good for soup or for adding to risotto etc. It will also make good pumpkin bread. And good pie. And peeled and cubed it will freeze so you don't have to use it all at once.

Enjoy your pumpkin, check it frequently and don't leave it storing much longer. By the way, you can also roast the large seeds for a nice snack.

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

One big max I had two years ago lasted 14 months and I still have two in my room from last fall. I would like to warn you from experience that they can go bad fast, in a matter of days, and you will be left with a liquid, smelly mess. And because of their size they can be a challenge to move to the trash without making a bigger mess. Hopefully that will encourage you to make some pies since it seems like you have been putting it off :) Be sure to save some seeds for yourself. Also be sure not to use any nice blankets under it in case it does go bad.

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

I have a "Long Island Cheese" Pumpkin that was given to me about a week ago. Will it keep for a few weeks until I have a chance to make a pie with it? or will it be no good by next month?

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

Yes it is in the class of winter squash which all last for many months after harvesting. I have had cheese pumpkins last over a year as well. It will CERTAINLY last a few weeks. If it was ripe when picked (a deep tan color) and has no nicks, scrapes or bruises it will last a good many months.

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

After the 2010 Halloween I found 5 big pumkins in a garbage pick-up pile, not even touched with a knife. I still have one and it has no bad spots or anything. I've used the others for soup n pies. This is 3-11-2011. Not all will last this long though.

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

I have a beautiful pumpkin still rich in color and solid sitting on my hardwood floor at the foot of my stairway in my townhouse. During the third week of October 2010, I accompanied my seven year old niece on a school field trip to a pumpkin patch farm in Moorpark,California. I chose my pumkin which is about six pounds in weight, and the children were each allowed to pick theirs from a group of smaller pumpkins.

I have learned from reading your entries that if kept in a cool spot, they last longer. I guess that's why my pretty pumkin is still thriving. I'm happy to report that I came home with my pumpkin on October 20, so day after tomorrow it will be with me for 6 months!

I guess this week I will make my first pumkin pie!!

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

I bought some seeds for an indoor container vegetable garden; seeds were on sale at a new Menards that had just opened up so I went a little bit crazy and bought way more than I would possibly need, unless I started an outdoor garden as well.

Just for funsies, I planted a "Early Sweet Sugar Pie" pumpkin seed by Burpee. The thing sprouted REALLY fast and is HUGE compared to everything else I planted!

Since I just found out our last frost date is around April 20-30th (the snow today in lower Michigan is a testament to that fact!) I was contemplating making one 4 by 4 foot planter (or smaller) for outside growing. My question is, the seed packet says about 90 days to harvest. I'm also wondering how long the pumpkins would last -- if I am able to grow them, of course.

The thought of having my very own, home-grown pumpkins for Halloween is a fabulous one! Does anyone know how long that variety of pumpkin would last for? If not, if I sowed another seed/plant in July, would it grow OK for my zone (NW Indiana, zone 5-6 from what I've read) and produce pumpkins to be had for display/carving/pumpkin pies for Halloween?

Thanks for helping this nub out...:)

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

my boyfriend planted some small pumpkins in may.i picked 5 of them today. how long will they last?

RE: How long will a pumpkin last?

What kind of pumpkin was it? Like a Jack-be-little or a sugar pumpkin. Was it fully ripe? It is pretty early for pumpkins though I have some Jack-be-little that I planted mid May that aren't too far from being ripe.

Pumpkins have the potential of lasting a really long time, I actually still have Jack-be-littles from last fall. But not all will last that long, many factors afect the life of them. Such as ripeness, disease on the plant, damages to the fruit, storage temperature and humidity.

If the pumpkins aren't fully ripe they might last a month. If all is well they will last until fall. Just be sure not to damage the fruit and it will last a long time. You need to be gentle with them and not get scrapes or bruises on them, which would cause them to rot quickly. Just keep them in a cool dry place (like a basement) and they'll be happy.

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