And you don't know why the ~*~*~*male*~*~*~ flowers aren't producing off-
spring? What a perfect place for a birds and bees and pumpkin flower
But, hey, I learned something here, too -- I didn't know there were two
types of flowers on the vine. :)
Depends on the variety. Some turn orange before they are actually
ripe. (This is a great trait for jack-o'lantern pumpkins, which just
need to look good enough to carve.)
The pumpkins will store best if they are left on the plant to get fully
ripe. The stems will be as hard as wood and the rinds will be too
tough to pierce with a thumbnail. Generally, for best eating quality
you want to let the pumpkins stay on the vine as long as possible.
Cover the fruit with paper bags or old towels if light frost threatens and
harvest when the vines die back or before a hard freeze.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat Kiewicz) wrote in
My ripe (or at least ORANGE) pumpkins seem to be getting mushy stems
right at the vine and then that's that. The first one that turned orange
turned out to be completely hollow inside due to rot although the outside
looked picture perfect. These are not large ones, either, although there
are a few larger ones still on the vine and still okay, stem-wise.
Any idea why they are going mushy at the stem/vine connection?
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