The Best Way to Save Pumpkin Seeds for Planting

As pumpkin season approaches, many of us begin to think about all the wonderful ways we can use pumpkins. 

Learn how to save pumpkin seeds for planting in this step by step tutorial.
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    We love having a big pumpkin patch, but don't love spending the money on seeds.  That is why we save the seeds each year so that we can plant pumpkins next year and save money. 

    If you're planning on saving pumpkin seeds for planting, there are a few things you need to know in order to ensure that your seeds will be viable. 

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    How long can pumpkin seeds be stored before planting?

    Pumpkin seeds can actually be stored for several years, as long as they are kept in a cool, dry place. Of course, the longer they are stored, the lower the germination rate will be. But with a little care and attention, your pumpkin seeds will be good for many years to come.

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    Do you have to let pumpkin seeds dry before planting?

    If you want your pumpkin patch to be a success, that means letting the seeds dry out before storing, and subsequently, planting. The moisture in the fresh seeds can lead to mold and rot, which can ruin your crop before it even has a chance to get started. 

    By letting the seeds dry out, you'll improve their chances of germinating and growing into healthy plants. 

    How to save pumpkin seeds for planting

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    Start by cutting open your pumpkin.  Scoop out the seeds and pulp form the inside of the pumpkin.  Place in a strainer.

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    Remove the seeds from the pumpkin pulp.  Keep the seeds inside the strainer.

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    Rinse the seeds in water until clean.

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    Spread the seeds out on some paper towel and place them in a warm, dry place for several days or weeks if needed.

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    You'll know the seeds are dry when they feel hard and brittle. Once they're dry, you can store them in a paper sack in a cool, dark place until you're ready to plant them. 

    Now that you know how to save pumpkin seeds for planting, it's time to get out there and start scooping those seeds! 

    With a little bit of planning and care, you can have a pumpkin patch of your very own next year. Just remember to keep those seeds dry and stored properly until it's time to plant them.

    You'll probably still have lots of leftover pumpkins in your garden.  Make sure to make dinner in a pumpkin to use up those pumpkins you don't need for seed.

    Learn how to save pumpkin seeds for planting in this step by step tutorial.


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