Preserve pumpkins & gourds with this easy and quick method. Use them in your fall decor with no rotting!
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. Here’s what to do:
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.
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.
Now that my farmhouse fall home tour is in my rear view mirror, I can take a breath and share things other than decor. I have more printables (yes…I’m obsessed,) a couple of recipes, another rosemary project and maybe an issue of My Favorite Things. My Styled & Set gang is getting back together for the holidays so I’ll be sharing a tablescape later in October…and the OSP 2018 printable calendar is almost finished. We’ve got a fun month coming up and I’m so glad you are here to enjoy it with me.
Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!