Pumpkin Jack Be Little Seeds

Pumpkin Jack Be Little Seeds

Cucurbita pepo

Item #0142

95 days. These tiny, delicious pumpkins are 3"?4" across and 2" tall. Compact vines (3'?5' long) grow 6?10 fruits on each plant. Compact plants can be grown in a large container and trellised to grow vertically. Decorate with paint or glitter for pretty accents. Or, fill with your favorite stuffing, casserole, soup, or custard for a fun appetizer. When growing in containers, use one that is at least 5 gallons, and 18" deep; only 1 plant per container.

This packet sows up to 6 mounds.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
2-3 seeds
per mound

Mound Spacing:

When seedling has several leaves
thin to 1-2
per mound

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is 70°?90°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground. Transplant after last average frost, when weather is warm and settled.

Harvesting: Harvest pumpkins before the first fall frost, and when foliage has begun to dry out. Cut stem with a knife, leaving 2" of stem on the pumpkin. Do not hold the pumpkin by the stem; if stem attachment gets broken, or any part of the pumpkin bruises, the pumpkin may rot. Brush off any dirt or leaves. Ideally, cure at 80°-85°F and 80?85% humidity or a warm, sunny spot with good air circulation for 1 to 2 weeks before eating or storage. Do not allow harvested fruit to get wet.

Artist: Peggy Turchette

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