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milkmoustache Tue 15-Sep-09 09:54:38

My pumpkin stalk has snapped - though still leaving a good 4 inches attached to the pumpkin. I'd read that it was best to leave it attached for as long as possible, will this have any negative effects?

lljkk Tue 15-Sep-09 20:44:31

They can start rotting outside, fungus, etc. They don't do this in their native warm climate. I suppose it's alright to try leaving it outside, but I'd be minded to cut the stem short and put it in a cool dry place outside to see if it will fully ripen there without starting to mold over.

Takver Wed 16-Sep-09 11:37:52

I would say not cool and dry - general advice is to ripen at 20 - 25 C after harvest for 10 days, and only then to store cool (10-15 C). Should be fine though, definitely getting to time to harvest anyway (we currently have squashes sitting on most spare surfaces in the house )

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