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.
Oct. Ist We live in zone 4 central Wisconsin. If you are going to use for
baking you need to let the pumpkins get ripe inside as well as orange on the
outside. If only for decoration can pick sooner.
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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