Having never grown a pumpkin before, I'm wondering at what point I should
remove the pumpkin from the vine. I have two pumpkins growing and one is
already totally orange. Seems early to me. Should I cut it off or leave it
for a while?
When I purchased the start, its label identified it as a mini pumpkin, but
these two the size of bowling balls. Not very "mini" in my estimation.
Speaking from experience, I can say that the color is a necessary but not
sufficient indicator of ripeness.
Let them get good and orange and good and _hard_ -- hard enough that the
rind can't be punctured by your fingernail. I think it's also good to
wait until the stem is fully dry. By then the vines should be dead or
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