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BABY BEAR PUMPKIN (105 days)

Germ 7-10 days
Johnny’s Selected Seeds developed this novelty mini-pumpkin that received a 1993 All America Award. It’s small with a deep orange color and long, sturdy stem. Weighing less than 2 lbs. 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. 5 seeds

PLANTING:

Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2”-1” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots

Outdoors- 1/2”-1” deep after last frost, in warm soil at least 70 degrees. Sow a few seeds per space/hill with 24-36” between, providing the furthest spacing for the larger varieties

Harvest- When skin turns color and rinds are hard, leaving a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.

Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Turn pumpkins carefully to keep a uniform shape.

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