exploding pumpkin

Hi every one

yet another daft question that i need help with .........

the other day i gave my freinds little boy a pumpkin for halloween . after 3 days of it being left in the window , the bloody thing exploded . does anybody no the reason why? the pumpkin was about the size of a large  grapefruit and was a white skinnned variety , i believe they were called snow globe . all suggesttions greatly received ha ha


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Perhaps the sugars in the flesh of the pumpkin were beginning to ferment a little and the added heat on the windowsill caused a buildup of gases, just like making cider or beer turn fizzy.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,240

    It could have been slightly damaged (eg tiny insect hole) and infected by a yeast spore - the warm windowsill would effectively make it start fermenting inside and when the pressure got too great - bang!  Same as a bottle of wine will if fermentation hadn't stopped and it was bottled too early (that happened to me - elderberry wine stains still visible in the garage after 20 years!)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • that sounds reasonable any suggestions where i should put the rest off

     my crop to store and ripen off

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,240

    For most things, any cool, dry frost-free place out of direct sunlight is usually best.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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