Sunday, September 23, 2018

Preserve Pumpkins Outside for Months

I love to pick out a few pumpkins every year to display in my home. The sight of them in stores makes it feel like fall. But the rotting around Thanksgiving? No thanks.

This quick, easy trick can keep your uncarved pumpkins fresh for the entire fall season! Even outside!

First, wipe it down with bleach. This cleans the outside and kills any bacteria that may start the rotting process. 

Next, get a spray clear coat and spray the pumpkin, paying special attention to the stem. Make sure you get any cracks or splits closely to prevent it from rotting. I like a glossy clear coat to make it look shiny! 

How easy is that?! It will preserve them for a few months, inside or out. I always buy them as soon as they appear in stores and I had to throw last years out mid December even though it wasn’t rotten. Try it and let us know in the comments how it worked for you!


  1. Hello ~ I was wondering if this coating keeps away animals, like squirrels or if you suggest spraying a mixture of hot sauce/Dawn/water as well....

  2. I've never thought about that! I've never had a problem with animals but I bet the clear coat wouldn't smell or taste good to them.

  3. I grew pumpkins this year. After harvesting in late Aug, I set them on wood palette to cure for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, they were washed, dried and sprayed with a clear coat. So far the pumpkins still look great and it's early November.


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