Baby Bear Pumpkin (105 Days)
Johnny’s Selected Seeds developed this novelty mini-pumpkin that received a 1993 All America Award. The Baby Bear Pumpkin is small with a deep orange color and a long, sturdy stem. Weighing less than 2 pounds and averaging 5” in diameter, it’s appealing to kids of all ages who like to make jack-o-lanterns. The semi-hulless seeds are great for roasting and the flesh, when baked, is moist and flavorful. The vines are shorter than other varieties, but each plant produces 8-10 fruits.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-90ºF. Planting in soil under 70ºF may result in poor germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: ½ -1” deep
Starting Indoors: 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thin to the strongest seedling. We like to use individual biodegradable paper, peat, or cow pots because it provides the least amount of stress to the roots when transplanting. Transplant after last frost when the soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when the soil reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds per space/hill, 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 4-5 hills
Harvest: When skin turns color and rinds are hard. Leave a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.
Tips: Heavy feeders, requiring high nitrogen. Plant the Baby Bear Pumpkin into fertile soil or amend with compost or manure. Heavy water needs, mulch, and supply adequate water, at least 1” per week for optimum growth.