Pumpkins ready for pickin'

kazlaMarch 27, 2005

At what stage do you pick pumpkins. I have four big japs that look ready. I have been told two things, 1. wait till the stem attatching the pumpkin to the plant is withered and I also read in gardening australia that when the vine start to look mildewy its time to pick. I don;t want to do it too early becasue I think? it stops them keeping as well? Anybody know.

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annabel__WA

I've just been picking mine when they were getting a bit big!! Most were ready anyway; some I left till the vines died. I had a few that I thought were Golden Zucchini, but which I now think are Delicata and have been picking from finger size. They are delicious. Now I see that as I leave them they go gold and are going orange inside. But the skins are hardening so they will keep for a while. I have flowers and all sorts in my garden so maybe that's why I got a lot of pumpkins this year. The Delicata are still prducing well!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2005 at 9:54PM
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gardenlen

i usually let the vines die if i want them for storage they aren't good storers about 6 to 9 months (if you can store them in a dark, dry cool cellar they may last longer), leave them in the sun for a week whatever to harden the skin off, and take about a meter of vine to stop anything getting into the fruit through the stem, once dry you can trim off some vine, if you break the stem off seal it with candle wax, but use that fruit first.

i found that as they get near the end of their shelf life the flesh around the seed pulp goes real soft this is still edible it is only very ripe a real sweet nutty flavour. doesn't seem to matter how big they get just means you get more pumpkin for your money hey?

len

    Bookmark   March 28, 2005 at 12:57PM
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Doona

Mine are still small. Is it too late for them to ripen? I planted them some time in summer and they're about the size of an apple. They don't get much sun now.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 5:58AM
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nina_coogee

I just picked a jap this week and have a rapidly growing butternut still on the vine. I think it must the warm Autumn that has been looking after them.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 5:28AM
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sarah_may

I've just picked my last pumpkins, a small butternut & 2 Golden Nuggets. I was very pleased with the golden Nuggets, they are quite small which is better for me & have a nice dry flesh with a good flavour. I shall certainly give them another go next year.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2005 at 7:38AM
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Doona

My japs are bigger than in the shops now, but I don't think they are ripe. I accidently picked one (it snapped off) and so I cut it open. It was unripe but edible, though I didn't like it much. My guinea pigs and rabbits loved it. I have at least three full-sized pumpkins and heaps of small ones at varying stages of develpoment. The damned vine keeps growing and flowering. When do they stop and start to die off?
Donna

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 7:25AM
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sarah_may

Hang in there Doona, they should ripen in time, I'm sure you know the standard advice, wait until the stem withers then pick with as long a stem as poss & leave in a sheltered spot for a week or so for the pumkin to mature before storing.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2005 at 8:00AM
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roger_maureen1_bigpond_com

This is my first time at growing Butter Nut pumpkins. Can someone please tell what the actual growing months are. Also I see from another article posted that after seperating the Jap they should be left with part of the vine attached for one week is this correct. Also I picked one that looked ripe but on slicing it in half there were no seeds inside and the flesh was a pale yellow,would this have been okay to eat?

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 5:02AM
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kate_greening_hotmail_co_uk

hi everyone my jap pumpkins are growing very big i have never grown anything in my life but very happy with theses ha ha i have few big ones and heaps of little ones growing when should i pick the big ones and how long before you can eat . thanks

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 12:38AM
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hallhallgreg1828_bigpond_com

I am growing kent pumpkins and would like to know when I should pick them I have picked a few but they have been at different stages of being ready none of them have been compleatly ripe.
can some one please help.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 4:33AM
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swany72_westnet_com_au

Marg, I have found that the earliest time you can pick japs is when the tendril dies, but i prefer when the stem dies off or withers. i find the fruit sweet and moist then. i do know people that pick earlier as they like a dryer pumpkin.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 2:22AM
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Maxitaxi

I have just picked my first pumpkin - not sure what type it is - the skin is green with pale yellow markings
It was 23cm in diameter so I thought it was big enough for picking
I couldn't wait to make a soup from it and cut it open, but the flesh is yellow and looks unripe
What do you think

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 12:29AM
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Maxitaxi

I have just picked my first pumpkin - not sure what type it is - the skin is green with pale yellow markings
It was 23cm in diameter so I thought it was big enough for picking
I couldn't wait to make a soup from it and cut it open, but the flesh is yellow and looks unripe
What do you think

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 12:31AM
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