Pumpkins are ready to harvest when the stems are dry and the skin resists penetration by a thumbnail. Light frost is not damaging to pumpkins but they should be harvested before a hard freeze. To harvest, cut the fruit from the vine with pruners or loppers. Leave a long, intact portion of the stem attached. Avoid breaking the skin and bruising fruit when handling. Pumpkins will store for two to three months in a protected room where temperatures will remain constantly above freezing and below 65 degrees F. If pumpkins remain in the garden to cure, check regularly for damage from wildlife and sunscald.
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Updated Thursday, July 02, 2015