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How To Preserve Your Pumpkin

Once you carve your pumpkin from the best pumpkin farm, find out Six ways to make it last.

You’ve taken the time get your pumpkin, and if you have stayed on top of our blogs, you know how to find the perfect one. You may have noticed from previous years that no matter how perfect your pumpkin seems, once you carve it, you have only a short amount of time to actually enjoy its beauty and seasonal attributes.DSC_0014 (2)

When you get your pumpkin from the best pumpkin farm, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we want you to show it off. With these six easy-to-understand tips, you can enjoy your work or art longer, and instead of kids trick-or-treating next to rotting mush, they can admire all of your hard work and seasonal decoration.

Before you carve a work of art, learn how to make your masterpiece last longer.

Six ways to keep your pumpkin spooky, without the mold and rot.

After you have selected your pumpkin from our farm, the first thing you are going to need to do is to clean the insides out. After scraping the seeds and flesh out, you may want to rinse it, just to ensure is it completely clean; the less muck there is inside, the better.

1. Bleach

To keep your pumpkin from rotting, simply get a large bucket and fill it with three gallons of water. Gently stir in three teaspoons of bleach and submerge your entire pumpkin inside. Hold your pumpkin down so it doesn’t float, and let it sit for at least two minutes. Once you remove your pumpkin, let it air dry and admire your brilliant work!

2. WD-40

You may only think of WD-40 for your squeaky hinges, but did you know it can also aid in the preservation of your pumpkins as well? The main ingredient in the product is mineral oil, allowing you to keep your pumpkin moist and protected from the environment outdoors. Just spray your pumpkin thoroughly and rest easy, knowing it will stand up to the cool nights and damp mornings.

Just remember that WD-40 is highly flammable so you may not want to use this method if you are planning to use a real candle inside.

3. Pumpkin Spray

It may seem all too obvious, but you would be surprised how many people never knew about this spray that keeps your pumpkins fresh. Pumpkin spray is an easy alternative for preserving your pumpkin; it just may not be as easy to find as common household products you may already have.A carved pumpkin from our pumpkin patch

4. Vaseline Sealant

Much like WD-40 solution, Vaseline is can be used to prevent your pumpkin from drying out, as well as acting as a water repellent. With Vaseline, you can ensure your pumpkin will not get wrinkled. Using your fingers, apply a generous amount on all open edges to seal your pumpkin’s natural moisture in. Repeat a few time throughout the season.

5. Veggie Oil

Because Vaseline may seem like a mess and hassle to apply, we also suggest you try using vegetable oil as a lubricant to protect your pumpkin. All you have to do is add a little bit to the inside of your pumpkin and swirl it around. You may also want to add it to any exposed edge; the more places you add it, the longer your pumpkin is going to look fresh, but remember – a little goes a long way.

6. Floor Wax

You read that right. Floor wax helps preserve your pumpkin! Not only will adding it make your pumpkin shine, but it will keep it fresh for up to four weeks once applied. Using a brush, just lightly coat the outside and exposed edges and let your hard work shine.

This year, keep your pumpkin from our farm looking good all season long. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you this year!