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The ability to store pumpkins and winter squashes for up to six months adds to the pleasure of growing them. However, there are a few guidelines worth following to ensure they store well.
Pumpkins and winter squashes (which differ from summer squashes by having a harder skin).
Courgettes and marrows will not keep for long.
Store pumpkins and winter squashes from early to late autumn. Allow the fruits to mature on the plant for as long as possible to accumulate the highest quantity of sugars from the leaves, but before frost arrives (frosted fruit will not store). The foliage around the fruits can be cut away near to harvest time to encourage ripening.
Follow the tips below for the best results in storing pumpkins and winter squashes:
The most common problems with storing pumpkins and winter squashes are as follows:
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