What’s the best way to preserve a Jack O’Lantern?
Posted by keelynet on October 21, 2010
The Experiment – The purpose of this experiment was to test the effectiveness of various methods of preserving a carved pumpkin (jack o’ lantern). We gathered some tips from various pumpkin carving resources, and also sampled a commercial spray.
The results were observed over a two week period. After carving and treatment, all of the pumpkins were placed in an indoor location with a stable temperature of 62 to 64 degrees F. They were observed for a period of 14 days, and were photographed daily to record changes. Summary of Results:
# White glue – Preserved pumpkin for 6 days. Profuse mold and rot.
# Acrylic spray – Preserved pumpkin for 9 days. Profuse mold and rot.
# Vaseline – Preserved pumpkin for 9 days. Profuse mold and rot.
# Bleach – Preserved pumpkin for 10 days. Minimal mold, some rot.
# Control – Preserved pumpkin for 14 days. Minimal rot, some mold.
# Pumpkin Fresh – Preserved pumpkin for 14 days. Minimal mold, some rot.
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