Its October…that means Halloween and that means time to pick out the perfect pumpkins.So, let’s go over a few tips on what to look for when you’re picking from the pumpkin patch.
1.)Make sure your pumpkin has a stem…usually 2-4 inches long…make sure its not soft…and make sure it’s firmly attached to the pumpkin.And never, ever, carry your pumpkin by the stem. 2.)Look for pumpkins that have a good dark orange color, and with more ridges rather than really smooth. These seem to last the longest. 3.)Once you think you’ve found the right one, give it the overall inspection.Look for recent dents, cuts or scrapes, soft spots, and be sure to inspect the bottom and stem end for softness.If they’re damaged or soft, put them back.They won’t last until Halloween. 4.)Make sure your pumpkin will solidly sit up the way you want it to.Nothing worse than getting a pumpkin home and it won’t sit upright for a good display. 5.)Protect your pumpkin from cold weather. Yes, they are susceptible to frosts which will make them soften.And protect them from critters.Over the past few years, we’re getting more and more reports of pumpkin damages from critters like deer, and those pesky little voles…who will chew a hole into the bottom of the pumpkin and feed on the insides. 6.)And wait until just before Halloween to carve your pumpkin.Once the skin is punctured, the pumpkin begins to dehydrate, as well as allowing bacterial and fungus to begin to decaying process.And you don’t want a shriveled pumpkin on Halloween night!