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Autumn Shop Display: Oh Gourd!

Autumn and the run up to Halloween provide the ideal excuse to go wild and have fun with pumpkins, gourds and squashes. Add them into your interior displays, show them off in your window and jazz up your houseplants, there are endless ways to get creative.

Doorstep decoration

Set the scene for your customers with stems of Physalis in a rustic container.

Take a break

You may not have room for a bench, but painting accessories bright orange will most certainly get your customers attention!

Liven up your houseplants

Something as simple as using orange containers and adding a few carefully placed mini squashes and a few decorative touches can transform your houseplant display.

Cucurbita Care
  • When using squashes and gourds in designs, ensure they are well anchored as they can be top heavy. Green garden canes are ideal.

  • Keep them off damp surfaces such as floral foam as this will cause them to rot.

  • A fresh pumpkin will have a green stem that is not brittle.

  • Display them in a cool spot with good air circulation to extend their shelf life.

Did you know?
  • Pumpkins and gourds are in the Cucurbitaceae family which also includes courgettes, watermelon and cucumber.

  • Before pumpkins became popular, ‘Jack-o’-Lanterns’ were traditionally carved out of turnips and swedes.

  • In 2019 it was estimated that 15 million pumpkins were bought in the UK.

  • Discarded pumpkins can be cut up and added to your compost heap – no need to throw them in the bin.


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