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!


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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.”

Storing Pumpkin and Winter Squash at Home, by N.S. Mansour, Oregon State University Extension