You Did What to Your Pumpkin?

pumpkins, gourds and mums

Planting Pumpkins

So you want to use your pumpkin as a planter. You need to know that they are short-lived planters. But don’t let that stop you. Let us help you!

Pumpkins will break down in a short time span, so if you plan to use them for an event, plant them as close to the event day as possible. There are a few things we can do to prolong the life of pumpkin planters. You can wash them in a solution of 8 ounces bleach to 1 gallon of water. Why would you do that? To kill the bacteria that leads to rotting pumpkins.  Another option is to purchase a pumpkin fresh spray to help preserve its longevity. Pumpkins will do better placed on a piece of cardboard than on the earth or cement. The cardboard absorbs some moisture keeping the pumpkin a bit drier.

 

Now that we have an idea of how to keep life in our pumpkins; let us turn them into a focal point in our fall decorations. 

Planting A Pumpkin

Make a plain old pumpkin into a flower pot. First cut a hole on the top, make sure your cut is large enough to allow for your plant selection and soil. Scoop out the guts and fill the inside with planting soil. You want your plant to be at the same level with the dirt as it is in its purchased container. Planting too deep will rot your plant. When the pumpkin begins to fade, plant the entire planter in the ground and let the rotting pumpkin provide natural fertilizer to the young plants.

The Unexpected

Create the unexpected pumpkin decorations. Add in grasses, berries, succulents or moss. Put them in unexpected places and use untraditional accents. Use lights; tea lights, solar powered, string lights, motion lights. Light them from the outside or the inside. Bring in textiles, such as burlap, ribbons, or fabric. Bring out the paints or melted crayons, add glitter or spray paint. The options are truly endless. I hope we have inspired you in some way to make something new.

For more inspiration join us at our next workshop November 4, 2017, at 10 am. We are creating Cornucopia Planters!