• MYO Pumpkin Preserver- Prevent Mold and Wilt

    Halloween is near and while many love to decorate with pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns carved with various delightful patterns and expressions, it can be frustrating to watch your pumpkin wilt or mold before the big night arrives. Here's a very easy pumpkin (Jack-o-Lantern) preserver . . .
    Prevent Mold on the pumpkin & Keep it "Fresh" through Halloween with this simple trick

    The most often recommended fix to help prevent premature wilting and mold is to thoroughly spray your pumpkin inside & out, with WD-40. Let it set for at least 24 hours before adding your candle!

    We use this every year and it keeps the pumpkin from rotting/molding, etc for about 15-17 days or so.

    Other Pumpkin Preserving tips that our Members and Fans have shared
    are:

    Soak the Hollowed out pumpkin in a solution of bleach water (1 tsp bleach per gallon of water) overnight. Then spray it daily with the same ratio of mixture. This keeps the pumpkin hydrated and kills any bacteria. This lasts 9-10 Days.

    Make Your Own Pumpkin Fresh- Mix 1 Tbs of Borax with 4 cups of water, spray the pumpkin liberally every other day. This is a fungicidal spray. This lasts 12-14 days


    Coat the inside And outside of the carved pumpkin with white school glue, let it dry. It dries clear and helps prevent dehydration of the pumpkin. This lasts about 5-7 days.

    Coat the pumpkin inside and out with Vaseline (aka petroleum jelly). Containers of petroleum jelly can be found for about $2 at many dollar/discount stores. This lasts 7-9 days

    Seal a carved pumpkin by spraying it with an Acrylic Spray (found in the Home Good Department of your favorite big box store) or
    at lowes, home depot, etc. Be sure to spray it OUTSIDE as the fumes can be overwhelming. This lasts 7-9 days

    Following the carving and treatment of your creations, try to keep them at temperature of 62-65F for best preservation. It generally takes about 48 hours for mold to start becoming apparent, so be sure to re-treat as needed.

    What are your favorite pumpkin preserving methods?
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. TSlu1's Avatar
      TSlu1 -
      Wow I'm so glad I found this! Coincidentally, I asked about this on the watermelon carving thread. Will these also work to prolong the "life" of the carved watermelons? At least this year I won't be disappointed by my creation caving in within a few short days!
    1. karenjo1966's Avatar
      karenjo1966 -
      Why woould anyone do this know damn well that birds and squirrels pick at those pumpkins?!
    1. Youcantoffendme's Avatar
      Youcantoffendme -
      LOL, here we go again with the easily offended. I've never once had a fucking squirrel or bird "pick" at my pumpkin, before, during or after Halloween. Don't be a cheap bitch, put some birdseed out and they'll eat that instead, animals aren't as stupid as humans.
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