Fall is in the air, and that means it’s pumpkin season. I love decorating with pumpkins, whether it’s for Halloween or just to give your home that cozy autumn vibe. But let’s face it, nobody likes a mushy, rotting pumpkin. So today, I’m going to share some easy-peasy tips to make your pumpkins last longer!
How to Make Pumpkins Last Longer
1. Pick a Healthy Pumpkin
Starting off with a fresh, healthy pumpkin is key. Look for a pumpkin that’s firm, has an even color, and no soft spots or cracks.
2. Pumpkins Like Cool Areas and Shade
Pumpkins love the cool weather, so try to keep them in a shady spot outside or in a cool room inside. The cooler the better, but don’t let them freeze!
3. Carve a Pumpkin and It’s Days Are Numbered
If you can, try decorating your pumpkin without carving it. Paint it, add stickers, or wrap it in some cool fabric. But if you’re set on carving, read on for more tips!
4. Use Proper Pumpkin Carving Tools If You Must
If you’re carving your pumpkin, use sharp knives and scoops. The cleaner the cut, the longer it will last.
5. A Little Bleach
After you’ve carved your masterpiece, give it a bleach bath. Mix one teaspoon of bleach with one gallon of water and spray it inside and on all cut areas of your pumpkin. This kills the mold and helps it last longer.
6. Pumpkin Baths
If your pumpkin starts to look a bit shriveled, give it an ice water bath for a couple of hours. This can perk up a droopy pumpkin like you wouldn’t believe!
7. Battery-Operated Lights Over Candle Heat
Instead of a real candle, use a battery-operated light to make your pumpkin glow. Real candles can cook the inside of the pumpkin, which speeds up the rotting process.
8. Pest Control – Keep Bugs Away!
A little sprinkle of cinnamon or cayenne pepper inside your pumpkin can help keep bugs away. Trust me, ants and your Jack-o’-lantern are not a good mix!
Pumpkin Care 101
So there you have it, folks. A handful of easy tips to keep your pumpkins looking fresh and fabulous all season long. Whether you’re making a spooky Jack-o’-lantern or just adding some fall flair to your home, these tips will help make sure your pumpkins last!