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NE Wisconsin

When do you start leaving them uncovered and for how long?

I’ve been covering during the day with a white bed sheet. I have 2 of 3 pumpkins looking like they will go orange. Should those two start to get some sun to help orange them up?

8/8/2018 12:01:31 PM

Engel's Great Pumpkins and Carvings

Menomonie, WI (mail@gr8pumpkin.net)

Not until September and only during day light hours. If the pumpkin is truly orange the sun is not a huge factor.

8/8/2018 1:19:02 PM

Orangeneck (Team HAMMER)

Eastern Pennsylvania

Agreed, color comes from the seed not the sun. Sun will just age the pumpkin and slow the growth.

8/8/2018 2:50:54 PM

Smallmouth (Team Ozark)


My 816 is dark orange already and has not seen any light. I'll let it get some sun in September as mentioned above to get the deep red look.

8/8/2018 2:57:34 PM

Glenoma Kins

Southwest WA

My experience...Too much sun will fade them but indirect light does help.

8/8/2018 3:14:16 PM


Jericho Vermont

We keep ours covered with a sheet under a tarp hut all season. Picking and stopping growth can make an orange pumpkin darker orange but not a good strategy if its still growing.

8/8/2018 7:38:58 PM


Anamosa, IA BPIowegian@aol.com

I do the same as Linus. Just the last couple of weeks before the weigh-off.

8/8/2018 7:54:21 PM

KC Kevin

Mission Viejo, CA

No sun for me. I follow John's recommendation.

9/25/2018 10:27:59 AM

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