Pumpkin vines are a great way to grow pumpkins, but they can also be a bit of a pain when it comes to keeping your pumpkins from rotting on the vine. Here are a few simple tips for keeping your pumpkins from rotting before you can use them:
Choose the right pumpkin variety for growing on vines. Some varieties, such as Cheese or Small Sugar Pumpkins, are better suited to growing on vines than others. If you’re not sure which varieties will work best for you, check with your local garden center or online retailer.
Keep your plants healthy and well-pruned so that they don’t become overgrown and tangled in their own vines. This helps keep soil from getting packed in between leaves, which can promote fungus growth and lead to rot problems later on down the road as well. Remove any dead leaves or fruit immediately after they appear so that they don’t have time to develop into larger problems later on down the road (such as moldy areas).
Pumpkins are an iconic symbol of fall and Halloween. Whether you’re carving them into jack-o-lanterns or turning them into sweet desserts, they’re a beloved part of the season. But despite the fact that they’re perennial favorites, it’s easy to forget how picky these gourds can be when it comes to proper storage and care. If you don’t know what you’re doing with your pumpkins, they can end up rotting on the vine—or worse, in your living room. So here are a few tips for keeping your pumpkins happy (and looking great) all season long.
1. Use Soap
- Use soap. Soap helps keep pumpkins dry, and since they’re a vegetable, they will rot if they are left wet.
- Do not use soap on the skin. Soap may cause irritation and dryness to sensitive skin, so avoid using it on yourself or others.
- Use soap on pumpkins.
2. Use Bleach
If you’re looking for a way to disinfect your pumpkins, bleach is the answer. In addition to killing bacteria and mold, it can also kill insects, viruses, fungi and yeast—all the things that might be growing on your pumpkin and making it rot.
You can pour bleach directly onto the stems of your pumpkin vines to get rid of any pests living there. You may need to give them more than one soak depending on how many bad bugs are hanging out in their stems; if this happens once too often with an insecticide spray rather than straight-up bleach solution (you should always use water), then you’re probably better off just getting rid of those vines altogether instead of continuing with them as they’ll never be completely free from infestation or infection anyway.
Here’s what I do: First I cut off all leaves except for two or three at each node (where leaves come out). Then take some regular household liquid laundry detergent such as Tide® or Gain® brand laundry detergent (never powdered ones because they don’t dissolve well enough) and mix it with warm water until dissolved completely–that’s when everything else starts happening.
3. Asprin Water
Another way to keep pumpkins from rotting on the vine is by using Asprin water. This method is simple and can be done in just a few steps.
- Add one crushed aspirin to a quart of water and stir until dissolved.
- Soak the pumpkin for at least 24 hours in this solution, then rinse off with fresh water before drying out completely with a towel or paper towels.
- Use a sharp knife to cut off the top of your pumpkin, being careful not to puncture it too deeply into any seeds inside that might germinate later. Be sure to slice off as little as possible so you don’t waste any potential thickening power here either. Once all pieces are removed from their shells, store them whole in another container full of Asprin Water (1/4 cup per gallon should do) before placing them inside your refrigerator set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit (40°F). Don’t forget: you’re looking for an ideal environment where mold growth has been slowed down significantly but still exists enough so we can enjoy our final product without worrying about spoilage.
4. Do Not Use Water on Pumpkins
- Do not use water on pumpkins.
- Pumpkins need to dry out, so they should be left alone in the sun.
- Water will cause the pumpkin to rot, and mold could grow inside the pumpkin if it’s wet during storage.
5. Use peroxide on pumpkins
If your pumpkin has already started to rot, use a toothbrush to apply peroxide. The alcohol in the peroxide will help kill off any lingering bacteria or fungus on the inside of your pumpkin. You can also use this trick if you want to keep a fresh-picked pumpkin from rotting on vine, as it’s a great way to stop mold from growing inside and around pumpkins as soon as they’re picked.
A common misconception is that by doing this, you are actually causing more rot inside your gourd since now there is oxygen being introduced into it. The reason why we use peroxide on pumpkins is because of its high concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide kills all sorts of bacteria and other microbes by oxidizing their outer membranes so they burst open due to over-hydration—which leaves them weak enough for our immune system cells like phagocytes or neutrophils (white blood cells) to come along and gobble them up before they have time to spread any further damage throughout our bodies.
6. Give Pumpkin a Bath
- Give Pumpkin a Bath
Use a soft brush to clean the pumpkin. Then use warm water and a mild detergent to clean the pumpkin. Rinse it off with cold water, then dry it by patting or gently rubbing with a cloth.
Place your knife on one side of the stem end of your pumpkin and cut through until you reach the other side so that you can remove both halves easily.
To remove seeds from pulp, rinse them with water several times before drying them on paper towels or cheesecloth for 24 hours in an area where they will not be exposed to direct sunlight or heat source such as an oven or stovetop (as this will cause dampness).
Pumpkins need to stay dry to prevent rotting on the vine
When you want to keep pumpkins from rotting on the vine, it’s important to keep them dry. Pumpkins need to stay dry and away from water, rain and humidity in order to avoid rotting. If you have any questions about how to get your pumpkins off the vine before they rot, let us know.
In conclusion, pumpkins love to stay dry. This is good for you because it means you can grow them in your garden and not have to worry about the pumpkin rotting on the vine.