If you are like me and you love to decorate with pumpkins in the fall, but before you even get to Halloween, your decorative pumpkins have already started to rot on the dining room table, then let’s talk ways to make them last longer. When you spend money on pumpkins, you want them to last through the season, here are some ways that I have found to preserve pumpkins for decoration.
Every year we go to this little pumpkin patch at my son’s old school and pick out pumpkins. We always get a giant one to carve and several others to sit around the house or to paint or craft with. Well, they always end up rotting, some sooner than others. So, this year I started wondering if there was anything I could do to preserve pumpkins to make them last longer.
How To Preserve Uncarved Pumpkins for Decorating: Pick a Good One
I googled and searched and saw several methods and suggestions. The first was to basically use common sense when picking out your pumpkins. You know, don’t pick one that’s probably already starting to rot. Try to get one with a stem. Look for soft spots and don’t pick one that has soft spots. Well, try telling that to my kids. We pick our pumpkins based purely on whether we have a connection with them. Is this pumpkin speaking to me in some way? Really, we might be more pumpkin rescue than pumpkin picking.
How To Keep Pumpkins From Rotting
The other methods included things like coating them with petroleum jelly, or floor wax, which I considered. But, the suggestion that seemed to be the best was to dunk your pumpkins in a bleach bath. The bleach kills any mold or fungus that might grow and cause the pumpkins to rot.
Tips If You Have Pets
Since, I’ll display these pumpkins on my dinning room table and I have four cats that like to hang out in the dinning room, I looked up whether or not bleach would harm my cats. Yes, that is a thing. Bleach can harm your pets, but I think the danger is when you are actually doing your pumpkin bleach bath. I was careful not to leave my sink filled with bleach water unattended. You could also do this in a bucket, but I also have dogs. If you do use a bucket, please be careful not to let your dog have access.
How To Preserve Uncarved Pumpkins for Decoration
Step 1: Fill Your Sink with Water
First, I just filled my kitchen sink about 3/4 of the way with water. I left some room for the pumpkins.
Step 2: Add Bleach
I poured in about three short pours of bleach. The ratio is probably something like two tablespoons to a gallon of water. The bleach is pretty diluted.
Step 3: Add Pumpkins
Next, I just dunked some pumpkins in the water. I turned them over and let them sit for a few minutes. I wiped them down when they were in the water with a paper towel to get any dirt or mold off of them.
Step 4: Dry Your Pumpkins
Then, I got them out of the sink and placed them on towels on the kitchen counter. I dried them off with paper towels and drained my sink. Then, I let them sit so they could dry off completely before putting them on my dinning room table. I definitely don’t want to decorate with wet pumpkins.
Step 5: Decorate With Your Pumpkins
When they were all dry, I added my newly bleached decorative uncarved pumpkins to the dinning room table. I always place them on top of something like a tray, a runner, a place mat, or this year, a cutting block. This way if they do start to rot and I don’t catch it right away, they won’t rot directly on my table.
I love the look of uncarved pumpkins for decorations in the fall. They also look great on the front porch! I would also go to the trouble of giving my pumpkins a bleach bath to keep them from rotting on the porch and to help them last longer outside. These pumpkins looked great against my newly painted front door. Check out how I painted my front door to look bigger here and how I was able to paint my front door know without removing it here.
Sometimes if you really get lucky, pick great pumpkins, and give them a good bleach bath, they might last into Christmas. Check out my live Christmas tree display I put in my backyard with the uncarved decorative pumpkins I preserved for decorating.
If you love decorating with pumpkins, you might also like decorating with gourds. Check out this article about how to dry out gourds and use them for decoration. Then check out this article about all the crafting possibilities with gourds.
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