Casperita Pumpkin (F1 Hybrid 77 Days)
The Casperita Pumpkin is cute and tiny, 1-1 ½ lb, white pumpkins with deep, smooth ridges. It is easy to grow and has edible flesh, similar to an acorn squash, plus it makes great fall decorations. We love growing the Casperita Pumpkin; it tends to not hog too much garden space, is not back-breaking to pick and still gives you that autumn time vibe, even if you don't grow any other type of pumpkins or have enough space. Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew.
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 cells/pots, 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 the 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 the best storage potential.
Tips: Heavy feeders, require high nitrogen. Plant the Casperita 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.