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When should you pick pumpkins from the vine?

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Pumpkins should be cut off the vine when the rind is hard and the fruit sounds hollow when tapped. One way to test whether a pumpkin is ready for harvest is to attempt to puncture the skin with a fingernail, as mature pumpkins do not puncture easily.

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Pumpkins should be cut from the vine, not pulled, to keep the stem intact. Old Farmer's Almanac notes that a pumpkin with a 3 to 4 inch stem stays fresh longer than one with a short stem. Pumpkins continue to mature for several days after harvest if they are cured in a location that is 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

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