Pumpkins are classic autumn seasonal decor. They’re lovely on the front porch, along the front walk, or even in a fall centerpiece. But how long do pumpkins last?
Whole pumpkins generally last about 2-3 months in cool/dry conditions, although there are heirloom types that can last up to one year in storage! At room temperature, most pumpkins will last only about a month.
Pumpkins that have been carved have a much shorter shelf life.
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A carved Jack-o-Lantern on a chilly front porch usually lasts between 1-2 weeks, while a carved pumpkin at room temperature may only last a few days. Carved pumpkins may last longer if cut surfaces are sprayed with a sealant.
There are a few considerations that go into the length of time pumpkins last. Read on to learn all about their post-harvest lifespan and ways to keep them for longer!
Choose “Good Keeper” Varieties
Some varieties of pumpkin last much longer than other varieties. If you’re growing your own pumpkins or choosing from a specialty retailer, look for a variety that is known as a “good keeper” or “stores for months”.
These are generally old-fashioned cooking pumpkins that were grown to be stored through the winter for food. They tend to have thicker skins than pumpkins that are easily carved into Jack-O-Lanterns.
Estimated Maximum Pumpkin Storage Shelf Life
Here is a list of the estimated maximum storage shelf life for some specific pumpkin varieties:Connecticut Field Pumpkin: 2-3 MonthsHowden Commercial Pumpkin: 2-3 MonthsJaune Gros de Paris: 5 MonthsWinter Sweet Kabocha Squash: 5 MonthsBlack Futsu Squash: 6 MonthsMoranga Pink Pumpkins: 6 MonthsSweet Meat Squash: 6 MonthsQueensland Blue Pumpkin: 6 MonthsGaleux d’Eysines Pumpkin: 6 MonthsKogigu Japanese Pumpkin: 8 MonthsBaby Boo Mini Pumpkin: 9 MonthsMarina d’Chioggia Pumpkin: 12 MonthsTraimble Pumpkin: 12 Months
Pumpkins should be healthy, unblemished, and stored in optimal conditions to reach estimated maximum shelf life storage duration.
“All pumpkins and hard-shelled winter squash may be stored at the end of the growing season for use well into the new year. For best results, store sound, well-cured fruit at 50 to 55°F in a 50 to 70% relative humidity.
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Length of storage life varies according to variety and type of squash or pumpkin.”