How to preserve pumpkins using just three ingredients, for your fall decor. Keeps pumpkins and gourds from rotting and is so easy!
I wanted to share this method to preserve pumpkins & gourds when I shared my farmhouse fall home tour…but I forgot! I’ve included this little trick in a couple of emails to my subscribers, but wanted to make sure that everyone sees how easy this is…and it really does make your real pumpkins & gourds last for weeks.
The thing that makes pumpkins & gourds rot in the first place is the dirt and mold that they pick up from the fields where they are grown. In order to preserve them and prevent the rotting, that dirt and mold must be removed. So if you’ve always wondered how to preserve pumpkins easily, here you go!
How to Preserve Pumpkins & Gourds
- Prepare a mixture of bleach, water and dish soap.
(One gallon water, 2 T. bleach and a squirt of dish soap.)
- Soak real gourds for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Use a tub or even your kitchen sink.
- Rinse and dry well.
- Before adding to your decor, it’s optional to give your pumpkins a quick coat of spray matte sealer. It helps preserve them even longer.
I filled my sink once and did a batch of white pumpkins first, followed by the big heirloom pumpkin. I rolled them around a little to make sure they got a complete bath, including the stem.
How to Preserve Pumpkins: An Extra Step
After their bath, rinse the pumpkins well and let them dry on a towel. There’s an extra step you can take that will make your pumpkins last even longer. If you have time, spray them with a thin coat of matte sealer. Sometimes I do this and sometimes I don’t…but I do believe it helps.
So how long will pumpkins and gourds last after their bath? My best answer is at least a few weeks but probably much longer. It depends on the heat and humidity in your house, plus the condition the gourds were in when you bought them. Try to choose pumpkins and gourds that are somewhat clean and free from bruises. The sooner you buy your gourds, the better. Waiting until the week before Halloween will guarantee you’ll go home with a pumpkin that’s been sitting around for a while.
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