How to Plant a Mum in a Live Pumpkin

by Sarah McLeod

Pumpkins are harvested during two months in the late autumn season. Using a pumpkin as a temporary planter is a creative and whimsical way to showcase chrysanthemums. However, once the flesh of the pumpkin is cut, it will start to rot. With some steps taken to help prolong its life, the cut pumpkin should last about one week.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Potted chrysanthemum
  • Pumpkin
  • Cloth
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Knife
  • Large spoon or ladle
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil, optional
  • Dried grass or corn husks, optional
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Step 1

Measure the height of the pot of the chrysanthemum and its circumference. Choose a round pumpkin that is an inch or so taller than the pot. The pumpkin should be large enough to hold the pot, based on the circumference.

Step 2

Wipe the pumpkin clean of dirt or dust with a damp cloth. Mix 1 tbsp. of bleach in a quart of water. Add it to a spray bottle.

Step 3

Draw a circular line around the top of the pumpkin that is 1/2 inch wider than the pot's circumference.

Step 4

Follow the line with a sharp knife and remove the top of the pumpkin.

Step 5

Spoon or scrape out the innards, including all the seeds and viscous pulp.

Step 6

Spray the insides and the cut portion of the top of the pumpkin with the bleach solution. Let dry for about 20 minutes.

Step 7

Rub petroleum jelly over the inside and around the cut rim of the pumpkin. This will help keep out bacteria and reduce the rate of dehydration. Wipe away the excess with a paper towel.

Step 8

Insert the potted chrysanthemum into the pumpkin.

Step 9

Make sure the leaves and flowers fit over the top of the pumpkin. Add crumpled aluminum foil to the inside of the pumpkin to lift up the flower pot if it sits too low. Use dried grass or dried corn husks to hide the top of the pot if it is showing above the pumpkin.

Step 10

Place the pumpkin in a cool area out of direct sunlight.

About the Author

Sarah McLeod began writing professionally for the federal government In 1999. In 2002 she was trained by Georgetown University's Oncology Chief to abstract medical records and has since contributed to Phase I through Phase IV research around the country. McLeod holds a Bachelor of Arts in human services from George Washington University and a Master of Science in health science from Touro University.

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