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#1 of 3 Old 08-22-2010, 11:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have this beautiful green pumpkin that is just starting to turn orange. The vine it is growing on has broken, so it isn't getting any water or nutrients from the ground. Can this pumpkin be saved?
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I have this beautiful green pumpkin that is just starting to turn orange. The vine it is growing on has broken, so it isn't getting any water or nutrients from the ground. Can this pumpkin be saved?
If it's already starting to turn orange, it's fine. Cut away any leaves that might be shading it, pumpkins ripen fastest with sunlight and warmth.

My vines had basically melted away due to powdery mildew, and I have all my pumpkins sitting on our warm concrete patio, ripening in the sunlight.
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We let ours ripen from green to orange off the vine sometimes. Powdery mildew got to ours too. Now we have a bunch of huge, ripe pumpkins in our basement (sitting on top of cardboard, which is on top of wood on the floor) so they won't rot. I'm hoping we can hold onto them for Halloween. Not sure if it'll happen though.

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