How To Prepare Pumpkins So They Last ~ Stop pumpkins from spoiling by preparing them with this easy 2-step treatment using spray on outdoor water repellent.
The pumpkins are now available in the grocery stores and markets. Have you bought yours yet for decorating or carving? I have an easy way for you to prepare your pumpkins so they do not spoil or go rotten. They will last till the end of October still looking just as fresh as when you first bought them.
Here is one of the pumpkins I bought. I have to admit it is almost a perfect looking pumpkin. But the backside that you don’t see looks a bit wonky and misshapen. Oh well.
I love to buy a few for adding to the outdoor fall décor. They are not too expensive and their bright orange really adds a lot of colour. I have to confess I don’t like to carve pumpkins. I prefer to decorate them on the outside. Last year I Decorated Pumpkins With Ribbon And Raffia. This year I didn’t add any decorating at all and they still look great.
Here is my front porch decorating for fall with three bright orange pumpkins that have been treated so they don’t deteriorate too soon.
There are several different methods for how to prepare pumpkins so they last. I figured out my own 2-step treatment and it really works! I use an unlikely product that I had in the house. It is Scotchgard Heavy Duty for outdoor fabrics. I bought it a quite a few years ago to waterproof a tent that we were using when we went on a kayak trip in a rain-forested area on Vancouver Island in Canada. It really worked on the tent. I figured if it worked on fabric it might just work on pumpkins. The Scotchgard protectant leaves a slight waxy coat on the pumpkin that acts as a sealer and it helps make it waterproof. The other two products you will need are your favourite brand of dish soap and vinegar or bleach. I like to use vinegar.
I tested it last year with the plan that if my pumpkins did stay fresh till after October 31st then I would share it with my readers this year. I am happy to say it was a success and so here my instructions for…
How To Prepare Pumpkins So They Last
Method A: Fill the sink with very warm water. Add a few squirts of dish soap and one cup of vinegar.
Method B: Fill the sink with very warm water. Add a few squirts of dish soap and one tablespoon of bleach.
Wash the pumpkin in the soap/vinegar or soap/bleach. Towel dry and set it aside to completely air dry.
Apply two coats of the Scotchgard protector . Allow to dry thoroughly between each coat. I first applied the Scotchgard on the top exposed past of the pumpkin. Then I rested the pumpkins on their side and applied it to the bottom when the rest of the application was dry.
It just takes a few minutes to wash each pumpkin and another few minutes to apply the Scotchgard. What does take a little while is the drying time in between each coat. But it is well worth taking the time to prepare your pumpkins so they will last.
This 2-step treatment is super easy and super quick to do!You can’t even tell the pumpkin has the sealant on it. That is a perfect way for how to prepare your pumpkins so they will last!
Final Comments: I leave my pumpkins outdoors till October 31st and then I take them to the eco centre to be recycled. Where I live winter starts to arrive in November. We start to get freezing temperatures at night and we may even have snow.
As I mentioned I have had this can of Scotchgard for a long time and I have found a little bit goes a long way when using it on pumpkins. The company has since then changed their packaging so the product looks different and goes by a different name. It is now known as Scotchgard Outdoor Water Shield. Just to give you an idea it is packaged like this…
Your Turn: How long do you keep your pumpkins outdoors? Do you prefer to carve or decorate your pumpkins?
I invite you to check out my outdoor pumpkins last year…
I also have a watering tip for how to make your outdoor fall mums last that you will want to check out too…
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