October 18, 2016 Kim Cox

Secrets Revealed! Long Lasting Jack-O-Lanterns and Pumpkins

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The Secret to Long Lasting Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns

Do you look forward to fall so that you can decorate with pumpkins, but you have to throw them out before Thanksgiving? Want to enjoy your kids’ jack-o-lanterns longer? I’ll let you in on the secret to having longer lasting, more beautiful pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.

This secret is so simple and easy, I’m almost ashamed to tell you.Pumpkins

Pumpkins deteriorate because of bacteria that grows and causes the pumpkin cells to break down. The pumpkin starts to rot, and becomes smelly, gets mushy, attracts flies, and sooner than you wanted too, you are forced to throw it out. This little secret can help you extend the life of your pumpkins and jack-o-lantern creations.

The trick is simple. Kill the bacteria and keep more from growing.  Here’s how.

Fill a bucket or tub with water. Make sure the water is deep enough to cover the top of the pumpkin.



Add one teaspoon of bleach for every gallon of water.



Submerge your pumpkins in the water, wash off all loose dirt, and let them sit for a few minutes.Pumpkins


If you are working with a carved pumpkin or jack-o-lantern, don’t be afraid to submerge it in the water. It won’t hurt it,   but will kill the bacteria inside, giving you a longer lasting jack-o-lantern.



Allow your pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns to dry.



Once dry, use petroleum jelly to coat the outside of the pumpkin.  (Do not apply to the inside, if you are working with a carved pumpkin.) The petroleum jelly provides two benefits – it serves as a sealant, and it makes your pumpkin shine.



Look at the difference between these two pumpkins. I know you like the second one better- I sure do!



Now, go ahead and carve some award winning jack-o-lanterns and decorate your home with style, knowing that you can enjoy your creations longer.



I love pumpkins and fall weather. Now I get to enjoy both!




Share your fall decorations with the Gracious Girl Community!  Email your pics to kim@graciouslivingguide.com.


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Photo credit:Kim Thomas of KPFusion.com


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