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Harvesting Big Max / Jack O'Lantern Varieties

Posted by postman Georgia (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 10, 09 at 20:49

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?

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RE: Harvesting Big Max / Jack O'Lantern Varieties

If there is no sign of bug damage where they touch the ground just leave them until the vine is completely dead.

Once the vine is dead and dry there's nothing more to be gained by leaving them attached so, at that point, cure them and move them to a cool, dry place for storage.

RE: Harvesting Big Max / Jack O'Lantern Varieties


to take precausion aboutpossible bottom rotting, put some pine straws under them, to keep dry.
Even after the vines die, the pumkins keep getting mature in the sun, the shell will get harder, the seeds will ripe.

RE: Harvesting Big Max / Jack O'Lantern Varieties

Thanks for the advice everyone.

It seems that my Big Max pumpkins start rotting as soon as the vine begins to weaken. The Jack O Lanterns seem to be hardening and not rotting. I will keep an eye on it, thanks again for the advice.

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