Ripening Pumpkin

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by kitaye, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. kitaye

    kitaye Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,184
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Location:
    Canada - Zone 5
    We have two lovely pumpkins that are still very green on the outside even though the vine has been shriveled up for over a month. I had to bring them in because of the freezing temps.

    Now I need to know if there is some way to ripen them inside. I'd like to eventually cook them into pie filling and freeze them if they will ripen nicely.
     
  2. Marcia in MT

    Marcia in MT Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    2,655
    Joined:
    May 11, 2002
    Location:
    northcentral Montana
    I ripen pumpkins on an open shelf in a stairwell that faces south and has a window to the south and to the west. It gets warm in there when the sun it out, and it's insulated some so it doesn't get cold at night.
     

  3. omnicat

    omnicat Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    514
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    I had a green one that the vine died on me in late August. It's been sitting on my covered back porch for nearly two months. I was about to see if I could make a "green pumpkin pie" with apple pie spices, a la "Little House on The Priarie" (read that in "On The Shores of Silver Lake"..."Pa" took a bite and wanted to know where in samhill Ma had found apples...

    Remembered I had that green pumpkin on the back porch...it was completely orange when I went to fetch it. So I suspect if it wants to change, it will...
    But I would put it someplace cool - out of hard freezes' way.