Getting Green Pumpkins To Turn Orange After The Pumpkin Vine Dies

By: Heather Rhoades

Whether you are growing pumpkins for a Halloween Jack-o-lantern or for a tasty pie, nothing can be more disappointing than a frost that kills your pumpkin plant with green pumpkins still on it. But never fear, there are things you can try to get your green pumpkin to turn orange.

  1. Harvest the green pumpkin – Cut your pumpkin off the vine, making sure to leave at least 4 inches (10 cm.) of the vine on the top. The “handle” will help prevent the pumpkin from rotting at the top.
  2. Clean your green pumpkin – The biggest threat to a green pumpkin is rot and mold. Gently wash the mud and dirt from the pumpkin. After the pumpkin is clean, dry it and then wipe it down with a diluted bleach solution.
  3. Find a warm, dry, sunny spot – Pumpkins need sunlight and warmth to ripen and a dry place so they don’t rot or mold. Enclosed porches generally make a good place, but any warm, dry, sunny spot you have in your yard or house will work.
  4. Place the green side to the sun – The sun will help the green part of the pumpkin turn orange. If you have a pumpkin that is only partially green, face the green side towards the sun. If the whole pumpkin is green, rotate the pumpkin evenly for an even change to orange.

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'Marina di Chioggia' is an Italian heirloom. This small, dark green pumpkin is known for its distinctive, highly-warted outer rind. Kabocha, on the other hand, is a sweet-tasting Asian pumpkin variety that is commonly referred to as a Japanese pumpkin. It has a hard rind with spots or thin, light green stripes.

Meanwhile, the pear-shaped Lakota squash and the green, acorn-like varieties of carnival squash are known to be mottled with orange and yellow patches. They have a nutty, understated flavor.

Weighing up to 12 pounds (5 kg), green pumpkins are antioxidant-rich, high in water, and low in calories. They have shelf lives of upwards of one month.

3. Your Fingernail Doesn’t Puncture the Rind

Along with color, one of the most important indicators of squash maturity is the shell, which should be hard and firm if you aim to keep a pumpkin around for a few months.

If you’re pretty sure your gourd is ripe, try poking your fingernail into the rind.

If your nail makes a small dent but does not puncture the skin, that’s a good sign that the rind has matured into a hard shell and it’s time to pick your Cucurbit.

The shell will protect the pumpkin from pests and diseases after it’s picked, which means it can be featured as a bright spot of autumnal sunshine on your front porch for a nice, long time.

For those of you growing pie pumpkins, you can harvest your fruit when the rinds are firm but not rock-hard – especially if you’re planning on making pies within the next week or so, or roasting and pureeing the flesh to keep in the freezer..

Otherwise, you’ll want to do that special step I mentioned before, which we’ll talk about in just a moment.

How to Grow a Pumpkin

Last Updated: February 20, 2021 References Approved

This article was co-authored by Andrew Carberry, MPH. Andrew Carberry has been working in food systems since 2008. He has a Masters in Public Health Nutrition and Public Health Planning and Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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Pumpkins can be made into a sweet or savory dishes, their seeds can be roasted roast, and they serve as beautiful, bright fall decorations. Growing pumpkins is easy and inexpensive, since they grow well in many different regions. Read on for information on choosing a variety of pumpkin to plant, finding an environment that will help your plants thrive, and as well as growing and harvesting your pumpkins.



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