Tips for Storing Pumpkin Seeds for Next Year’s Planting Success

As the fall season comes to an end, many of us find ourselves with leftover pumpkins from Halloween or Thanksgiving. Instead of throwing away the seeds, why not store them and plant next year’s crop? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to store pumpkin seeds properly.

Step 1: Harvest your Seeds

First things first, you need to harvest your pumpkin seeds. To do this, cut open your pumpkin and scoop out the insides. Separate the seeds from the pulp and rinse them thoroughly in cold water.


Try not to let the seeds dry out too much before removing them from inside the pumpkin as it will be harder for them to germinate when planting time comes around.

Step 2: Dry Your Seeds

Once you’ve rinsed your seed completely clean of any stray bits of pulp or flesh, spread them out on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Allow them to air-dry for several days in a cool, dark place like a basement or pantry (somewhere where they won’t get disturbed).


Keep an eye on your drying seeds! You don’t want moldy surprises come planting season.

Step 3: Store Your Seeds Properly

To keep your pumpkin seed fresh until next spring there are two options:

  1. Airtight Container:
  2. Transfer dried seed into an airtight container such as a mason jar with tight-sealing lids.

  3. Paper Bag:
  4. If you’re saving more than one variety of seed or want easy labeling then consider using paper envelopes/bags that can also be easily labeled with name & date.

If storing in plastic baggies be sure all moisture is removed before sealing.


Label your containers with the name and date of seed for easy identification during planting time.

Step 4: Store Your Seeds in a Cool, Dark Place

Now that you’ve harvested, dried, and stored your pumpkin seeds properly it’s time to find them a good home. Choose a cool dark place like basement or pantry with little light exposure so they won’t sprout before planting season next year.


Keep an eye on any moisture that may collect on container walls over the coming months. If needed open & close lids or bags to let out air or absorb extra moisture.

Now you know how to store pumpkin seeds properly! By taking care of them throughout the winter months, come springtime they’ll be ready for planting. You just might end up getting more pumpkins than you’ll know what to do with!

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