Every time I use a fresh pumpkin I wonder what to do with the seeds afterwards. It seems like such a waste to just throw them away, but making roasted pumpkin seeds for eating is so much work. That’s why I decided to save pumpkin seeds for planting!
Since we have a garden I love gardening and especially in my vegetable garden. This year I grew my first pumpkin and next year I definitely want to try and grow more! So I saved the seeds of a few different types of pumpkins. This is how you can do it too.
Store pumpkin seeds
I picked as much pumpkin seeds as I could from the slimy inner parts of the pumpkin. Any seeds that are damaged by cutting the pumpkin or seeds that feel “empty” you can just throw out.
After that I washed the seeds in a sieve under running, cold water.
Dry the seeds on a towel as best as you can and remove any slimy bits that may still be between the seeds.
I put the seeds on a piece of cardboard or in an open carboard box. And let them air-dry for 5 to 7 days. You can shake the seeds a bit every other day so they won’t get stuck on the cardboard.
When the seeds are dry, you can remove the see-through films that are on the seeds. And store them in a jar or container with a lid until you’re ready to sow them! And that’s how you save pumpkin seeds for planting.
Don’t forget to label the jars! Most pumpkin seeds look really a like and you don’t want to get them mixed up like I did. Because large types of pumpkin need way more space than small decorative pumpkins.
Planting your pumpkins
You can sow the pumpkin seeds in a plant pot inside in april to get them started. Any seeds that don’t sprout after a month you can throw away. The seeds that did sprout you can plant outside in the full ground or in a large pot from half May.
Remember that pumpkin plants get really big. But if you don’t have that much floor space you can also make them grow vertically on a piece of fence or a ladder!