The pumpkin has been carved... So what do we do now?
There is a tasty option of roasting the seeds. It can also be a fun fall gardening activity to save the seeds for next year.
Ask the farmers at the pumpkin patch or farmers market if they have heirloom or hybrid pumpkins – this is the best option for finding quality pumpkins.
These are the best seeds to keep.
How To Save Pumpkin Seeds
Rinse the pumpkin seeds after removing them. Towel-dry the rinsed seeds. Ensure they are spread out, so they don’t stick together. For one week, store in a dry, cool place. Using an envelope, store pumpkin seeds after you have dried them.
What Is The Correct Way To Save Your Pumpkin Seeds?
By cutting off the top, you can remove all the pulp from the pumpkin. Large spoons are best for this task.
Using the scoop scrape out the pulp and seeds. You might need to use your fingers to pull the seeds away from the pulp.
Then, place the pumpkin seeds into a clean colander and rinse under the tap. The seeds should be free of the pulp as much as possible.
Among the clean seeds, select the largest seeds and save them.
Larger seeds will have an easier time germinating and growing into healthy vines.
On wax paper, let the seeds dry overnight. In order to dry the pumpkin seeds properly, you should use wax paper for the first drying period.
Once the seeds are dry, leave them lined with paper towels on a baking sheet.
Make sure there is space between each seed, and they should’t lay on top of each other.
To ensure that the seeds are completly dry, leave them on the sheet in a dark place for at least one month.
You should discard moldy seeds after a month if they are covered in mildew.
Seeds should be placed in an envelope. Planting next year is possible if they are stored in an envelope.
For planting, next year, store pumpkin seeds properly, so they are ready to be planted when you need them.
You should store pumpkin seeds, or any other seeds, in a cold, dry place.
Pumpkin seeds can be stored in the refrigerator for planting next year.
Invest in a plastic container for your pumpkin seed envelopes. To prevent condensation from building up on the inside of the container, poke several holes in the lid.
In the back of the fridge, is the best place to put the container containing the seeds.
It is just a matter of planting your pumpkin seeds the following year, and you will have ready access to pumpkins.
Even the tiniest hand can assist in saving pumpkin seeds, making it a great family activity.
Children can also help you plant pumpkin seeds after they have been properly stored for planting.
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
As topping for soups, porridge or as a snack, roasted pumkin seeds are healthy and delicous. I assure you that eating roasted pumpkin seeds is a pleasant experience if you haven’t done so yet!
Once seasoned and roasted, they are really tasty.
There’s nothing better than using every part of a pumpkin, except the stem, to make something amazing.
Interested in storing pumpkins seeds safely? Look no further! Here are the instructions.
You must first separate pumpkin seeds from goop before you can save them.
Seeds should be washed under running water in a colander.
It will be necessary to wash off the pumpkin flesh and strings.
Baking sheets should be lightly oiled. Coconut oil is one of the best to use.
Mix two tablespoons of Coconut oil with two teaspoons of paprika, salt, and pepper, and then coat the seeds in it.
Place the seeds in an oven set to 350 degrees F for 15 minutes to roast the pumpkin seeds.
Roast for an additional 15 minutes after rotating the seeds with a spatula. The seeds should be cooled before eating.
How To Test For Germination
The genetic makeup of your pumpkin may not be clear to you.
Are pumpkin seeds worth saving for planting?
Testing a few seeds for germination will tell you whether they will grow.
Pick ten seeds that are healthy, clean, and dried.
Place your pumpkin seeds on a moist paper towel. Add the seeds and paper towel to a plastic zipper bag.
You need to moisten the paper towel every few days but do not let it get soggy.
Ten days later, count the number of seeds that have germinated.
You are likely to have viable pumpkin plants if more than five seeds have germinated.
The seeds need to be replaced by your garden supplier if there are just a few sprouts.
The best pumpkin seeds to save are those from an open-pollinated or heirloom variety.
Reproduction is possible with these seeds. You can plant or eat the seed of an heirloom pumpkin.
The seeds of hybrid pumpkins cannot be saved for replanting but can be roasted and eaten.
These can be purchased from stores rather than farmers’ markets. A snack made out of roasted seeds is certainly delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pumkin Seeds
How To Plant Pumpkin Seeds?
Getting enough room for pumpkins is important. If you give them enough room, they will gladly take it! Choosing a suitable large space will prevent the pumpkin patch from becoming overcrowded. The planted area for pumpkins can reach 20 square feet. A warm, dry climate and a lot of sunshine are also good for pumpkins.
How Long Will Pumpkin Seeds Take To Bare Pumpkins?
To produce full-grown pumpkins, it takes 90-120 days.