Good morning, Growers!
Now that the weigh-off is finished, and you may be using your pumpkin soon, you're probably wondering the best way to save your pumpkin seeds.
1) Scrape the seeds from inside your pumpkin and rinse them in water to remove any residual fruit matter, and drain them thoroughly.
2) Spread seeds in a single layer, on a non-sticking surface like a glass or ceramic plate, cookie sheet, wood board, or window screen, and let them dry in a cool or shaded, dry environment (65-80 degrees, F.). Above 95 degrees F., drying seeds can become stressed.
3) Place seeds in a paper envelope or paper bag, and store them in a cool, dry environment, away from rodents or small animals.
4) Pumpkin seeds can remain viable for 6 or more years when properly stored.
5) Please share your seeds with your family, friends, and neighbors. Let them know that they should be planted in large mounds of well-amended, fertile soil, mid-May to early June and watered regularly for best results in Southern California.
Have a great morning!