If you decided to plant pumpkins for the very first time, how do you know it’s time to harvest them?
Pumpkin is ready to harvest when:
- its rind is hard (you can’t easily damage it with your fingernail)
- its stem got brown/dried up
- you can hear a hollow sound when you tap on the fruit
- its reached desired size and color
Please note, that the sizes and colors may vary depending on the pumpkin variety.
Sizes and colors.
Mature Crown Prince Squash is blue or grey-colored. Medium sized or big.
Ripe Green-Striped Cushaw is green and white. Medium sized.
Ready to harvest Goblin Eggs Gourds are green & yellow, or green & white. They’re small.
Big Moon pumpkin is bright-orange and huge (up to 250 lbs!).
Baby Boo pumpkins are small (approx 2″ tall) and white.
Please read my 140 pumpkin, squash, and gourd types (and where to buy seeds) to learn more.
Some pumpkin stems remain dark-green when the fruit is ripe. Examples: Wolf Pumpkin, Snack Jack, Cinnamon Girl Pumpkin.
Photos, from the left: Wolf Pumpkin (photo credit-Johnny’s Selected Seeds) & Snack Jack (photo credit-Pixabay)
Time of the month.
Usual pumpkin harvest time is late September or early October (before the first frost). You can read more about it here: How do I plant pumpkin seeds and when?
How to harvest a pumpkin?
Cut pumpkin from the vine leaving 4″ (10cm) of the stem. Use a sharp knife or garden cutters. Make as clean cut as possible, don’t try to tear off the fruit from the vine.