Tips to Make Your Porch Pumpkins Last Longer

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  If you’re decorating your porch with real pumpkins this fall, you naturally want them to last as long as possible (and prevent this from happening too soon) – but what can you do? This guide will help you preserve your porch décor and make your pumpkins last through fall.

Tips to Make Your Porch Pumpkins Last Longer

Let’s be realistic: Our warm weather isn’t necessarily conducive to preserving pumpkins outdoors – but there are a few things you can do to make them last a little longer. If these tips fail, you may want to opt for faux pumpkins, which you can find at most party goods stores at this time of year.

Tips for Preserving Whole Pumpkins on Your Porch

If you haven’t opted to carve your pumpkins, the best thing you can do is keep them out of the sun. Direct sunlight can cause them to rot quickly – and so can humidity fluctuation. Bring your pumpkins inside if it’s too warm outside; that will also prevent neighborhood creatures like raccoons from snacking on them. Generally, if you want your pumpkins to last more than a few days, you should refrigerate them when they’re not outside. That’s not necessarily the best solution, either, though – these fruits (yes, they’re fruits!) take up a lot of room in the fridge.

Tips for Preserving Jack-O’-Lanterns on Your Porch

Wait as long as you can before carving your Jack-O’-Lanterns; once you cut into a pumpkin, it spoils much faster than it would if it were intact. Fully carved pumpkins will spoil within a few days at normal fall temperatures for Florida, while etched pumpkins may last about a week. You can take the following precautions to make your carved pumpkins last longer, though:

  • Wash the pumpkin inside and out after it’s carved. Use a soapy water solution.
  • Soak the pumpkin in a bleach solution made from 1 teaspoon of bleach per 1 gallon of water for 8 hours, then dry it before putting it on your porch
  • Spray the pumpkin in the same bleach solution daily, inside and out

Related: Halloween celebrations in Boca Raton

Tips for Better Pumpkin Décor

Aside from investing in fake pumpkins, you may want to paint instead of carve. Whole pumpkins will last longer on your porch than carved ones will.

Where to Buy Decorative Pumpkins in Boca Raton

Check out these places that offer real and fake pumpkins you can use on your porch this fall:

  • Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market Boynton Beach
  • Party City West Boca Raton
  • Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkins West Palm Beach
  • Michael’s Boca Raton
  • Pumpkin Towne Pumpkin Patch Wellington
  • First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch Boca Raton
  • Forever Pumpkin Sunrise

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for all those tips you shared on keeping pumpkins fresh.  Wishing you a great Halloween A

Oct 26, 2021 02:10 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Alexandra.  Wishing you and Ron the same.

Oct 26, 2021 04:00 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Elyse Berman, PA thank you for the very valuable list of tips to make porch pumpkins last longer.

Oct 26, 2021 03:05 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hello John Pusa .  Thank you for stopping by!

Oct 26, 2021 04:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Elyse- I remember the first pumpkin I put out in turned to mush. Thank you for this information!  If I don't try it this year...I know I will next year. 

Oct 26, 2021 04:00 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Elyse - good tips.  I imagine pumpkins face some different issues in Florida that may not be so common in other areas during the Fall.  

Oct 27, 2021 03:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great tips, Elyse, on pumpkin "care and feeding." Now I also know why I don't bother with them... just too much "care and feeding." :)))

Oct 27, 2021 05:02 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are good tips!  I don't think I have ever carved out a pumpkin or put one on display but if I ever decide to do so, I am going to follow these tips.

Oct 27, 2021 05:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elyse, great post and so timely, as sometimes those gourds start looking very tired quickly.

Oct 27, 2021 06:27 AM
Tony Busanich
TD Bank - Freehold, NJ

Hi Elyse, thanks for the great post and great information. Never realize you can spray a pumpkin each day. thanks for sharing. 

Oct 27, 2021 07:31 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Elyse! What a great post. A lot I didn't know about pumpkins

Oct 27, 2021 09:07 AM