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Wee Be Little Pumpkin (85 Days)


This miniature true pumpkin produces fruit that are 3 1/2” in both width and height. An All America winner, plants are bushy and compact and produce unique ornamental pumpkins. Also has good flavor for eating. Try this: cut off the top, remove the seeds and pulp, fill with pumpkin pie filling, and bake on a cookie sheet at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Serve as individual desserts at a harvest party. 

15 seeds  


Cucurbita pepo

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 last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cells/pots, thin to 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 soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.   

Sowing Outdoors: After last frost when 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 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.

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True to description, these are bushy little plants - great for small spaces! This is the only pumpkin I have successfully grown to fruition in my short Minnesota summers. I only grew one plant which only put out one pumpkin, but I think I could have given it more sunshine to get more fruit. I did not try eating it, so I cannot attest to its flavor.

Jen Powell

We finally can grow pumpkins!

I wanted a pumpkin that would ripen in our short growing season (upper Michigan) - I have not had much luck with larger varieties. This one has grown very well for us, and the pumpkins are very cute! We have not eaten them yet, but we are very pleased with them so far.