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Jack Be Little Pumpkin (85 Days)

You will love these tiny pumpkins! 3-5” in diameter, flattened, heavily grooved, with a bright orange color and very prolific. Can be grown on a fence to save space. Kids love them and they make great decorations. 

15 seeds  

PLANTING

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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    09/19/2017
    Maryann

    Adorable and productive

    So easy to grow up the fence in a corner of the garden! It kept setting fruit later than all my other pumpkins. Each fruit is a perfect mini pumpkin. Such a hit with the kids.

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    09/24/2016
    Baldur Bear

    Magical little pumpkins

    These are pure magic.. I lashed together an arbor of saplings cut from my property. The structure measured 8' tall by 8' deep by 6' wide. It should have been a bit wider because the 5 Jack Be Little Pumpkin plants that I put in beside it clambered over the structure with amazing speed. Very quickly I had a thickly covered tunnel of huge leaves with dappled sunlight peeking through. I had not anticipated the leaves would also jut inwards into the shade, figuring they would all face outward into the sun. Next year the arbor will be wider as it is the perfect place to put in a couple of comfortable lawn chairs and sip iced tea.. Back to the magic... Once the big yellow blossoms open and the sunbeams pour through them there is a glow that causes people to gasp. The bumblebees drift in and out covered in pale pollen oblivious to the rest of the world. The show isn't over yet, next you get the pumpkins. They start as perfect smooth shiny butter yellow balls. As they grow, they flatten, deepen in color to a beautiful orange and develop their characteristic ridges. They hang like little lanterns from the ceiling of the arbor. You will have them in all stages of development at the same time. Beautiful. At the end of the season I harvested 26 pumpkins, each absolutely perfect in every way. Grow these pumpkins, they are a joy.