Pumpkin Plants

Should You Put a Towel Under Your Pumpkins When the Weather Gets Colder?

btsnelson added on August 14, 2012 | Answered

Would a towel, cardboard, or something under the pumpkins still on the vine help them from growing "warts"?

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Answered on August 16, 2012

I don't know so much about preventing warts, but it is a good idea to put something under squash that you want to use ornamentally. This helps prevent scratches, scars, rot and other external damage.

A towel or cardboard would not be my first choice because these things will hold onto water which can promote rot. A pile of straw is better at it protects the pumpkin but allows for airflow under the plant and for water to flow away from the pumpkin.

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