Fall is in full-swing. The temperatures have dropped and sweaters are being pulled out of the back of the coat closet. Beautiful weather makes it easy to stay outside almost all day long and the crisp air will quickly get anyone into the fall mood. A favorite hobby during the fall is carving and decorating pumpkins. If you are not familiar with tricks to keep the pumpkins fresh, they could rot in as little as three days. If you have a flexible design that can be used all through the harvest season and want to keep your pumpkin outside past Halloween, think about these methods for preserving the freshness for a longer period of time.
Soak it in a bleach solution.
This is the easiest and most effective way to prevent molding and mush in pumpkins. It will dry the pumpkin out to keep bacteria from harboring and spreading. After carving the pumpkin, fill a bucket large enough to fit it in with 3 gallons of water and stir in 3 tablespoons of bleach. Wear gloves to dunk the pumpkin in the bucket and allow it to soak for 2 minutes. After removing, let it dry thoroughly. This should prolong the life of the pumpkin for up to 10 additional days.
Toss in an opened silica packet.
An opened packet of silica gel will help absorb moisture inside of the pumpkin for less mold growth and less drooping. Try adding it after the first bleach trick to keep it extra fresh.
Spray on some WD-40.
The main ingredient in WD-40 is mineral oil, which will keep the inside of the pumpkin hydrated but protected from extra moisture. There are also several alkanes in the ingredients which are water-repellant and freeze-resistant. If the pumpkin is uncarved, spray it all over the outside to keep it shiny and new. If it is carved, spray the inside and the outside. Keep in mind that mineral oil is flammable, so you will want to avoid adding a candle to light the pumpkin up as it could present a serious fire hazard.
These are just a few simple tips to help keep your fall curb appeal looking great and presentable for all who pass through. Enjoy the season with family and friends and have fun decorating!