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Preserving Fresh Pumpkins for your Fall Decor

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Called one the best "Pumpkin Patches in the Southeast",  Renningers 5th Annual Fall in the Field is ecstatic to have back again for another year -

Hites Heirloom Farms from Kenton, Ohio.  Each year they load up a semi-truck of the their amazing heirloom pumpkins of different shapes, colors and sizes, variety of dried florals and corn, and gorgeous gourds to be apart of this event.



baby-with-pumpkinIt is a family affair each Fall, as the Hites family - from grandparents to the youngest grandchildren - work the 133 acres farm growing thousands and thousands of heirloom pumpkins.


jites-pumpkin-2"You ever notice how pumpkins make people smile?" commented Julie Hites in a recent article.

Yes they do! When you invest in such beautiful pumpkins, you want to keep them around as long as possible. 

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Preserving Pumpkins for Fall Decor

Since our Florida weather doesn't yield such crops, it is a treat to have Hites Heirloom pumpkins available to decorate during our fall season. There are a few tricks to make your investment last into December.

  • Look for blemishes and soft spots. Higher chance to accelerate the decaying process.

  • Clean them!

  1. Fill a sink or basin with water.  Add 1 tbs of dish soap and 1 tbs bleach per gallon of water
  2. Soak pumpkins for 5 minutes - Kills any bacteria on the surface that can lead to rot.
  3. Gently remove dirt with hands or very soft brush
  4. Rinse pumpkins.
  5. TOTALLY dry thoroughly. Moisture is not a pumpkins friend.
  6. For a shinny polished look, you can seal them with Vaseline or a clear spray sealant.
  • DON'T cut them

  • Keep them off the direct ground

  • If Florida, try to display out of direct sunlight

Have fun and enjoy mixing natural elements into your fall decor this year, knowing that it can last into December.


The 5th Annual Fall in the Field, an amazing array of “fall finery” displayed by the some of the best primitive dealers in the southeast.  Music, food and lot’s of great pickin…FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING RAIN OR SHINE…best Fall Show in the State! Renningers Mount Dora's Antique Center October 1 & 2, 2016 9AM – 5PM.

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