|Written by Bill Hanks|
Making your pumpkin or jack-o-lantern last longer is very important during the Fall season. ¬†Many individuals like to display their pumpkins and scary faced jack-o-lanterns for longer periods of time. ¬†This article provides suggestions on how to prepare your pumpkin so that it will last longer.
1. ¬†Always pick out a healthy pumpkin. ¬†The more solid the outer skin, the longer it will last. ¬†Pumpkins that sit in oe place for a long time will develop weak spots on the bottom side.
2. ¬†Remove all dirt. ¬†Wipe the exterior surface of your pumpkin or jack-o-lantern with a clean rag.
3. ¬†Treat it with a bleach solution. ¬†Combine 1 tablespoon of bleach with each quart of water. ¬†Place it in a spray bottle. Once you have carved your pumpkin, spray the inside of your pumpkin and especially the carved area. ¬†This will kill a lot of bacteria and mold that causes rotting. ¬†Once you spray it, let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
4. ¬†Use Petroleum Jelly. ¬†Rub the carved surfaces with it. ¬†The petroleum jelly will keep out the bacteria and mold from developing. ¬†It will also keep your pumpkin from dehydrating so quickly.
5. ¬†Avoid direct sunlight. ¬†Keep your pumpkin as cool as possible, but avoid freezing. ¬†If you live in a strong frost area, move your pumpkin inside for the night. ¬†During the day time, keep it out of direct sunlight.
6. ¬†Air around. ¬†Place your pumpkin so that it gets plenty of air around it. ¬†Consider setting it on a paper plate of piece of cardboard. ¬†A small metal rack is also a good idea, too.
I love the Fall season and especially the various seasonal displays. ¬†Pumpkins are a great way to express artistic displays. ¬†They will last longer for you with a little TLC.