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Days to Maturity: 95 DAYS

Big fun comes in a very small package for kids and pumpkin-lovers far and wide.

Miniature, old-fashioned pumpkins are 3" wide by 2" tall and bright orange. Each plant will produce an average of eight pumpkins. Great for decorations and raw fruit can be hollowed out to make a cute serving dish.

6-12 fruits per vine

Soil Nutrients and Requirements: Pumpkins grow best in fertile, well-drained soil, with pH between 5.8-6.8. Sidedressing is recommended one week after blossoming and again 3 weeks later, especially if there are signs of deficiency. Nitrogen deficiencies cause yellowing, and bronze leaves are a sign of potassium deficiency.

Seeding Depth: 1/2-1 inch

Plant Spacing: For bush varieties 18 inches, for vining 24-36 inches. Tighter plant spacing will result in yields of smaller, but more numerous, fruit.

Row spacing: for bush/semi-bush and short vine types 6 inches, for vigorous vining types use 9-12 inches.

When to Sow: Days to maturity are from direct seeding, subtract 2 weeks if transplanting. Seeds can be direct seeded after the danger of frost has passed and soil temperature has reached 70 degrees F. Start transplants indoors 3-4 weeks before the last risk of frost. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 85-95 degrees F.

Other Considerations: Black plastic mulch and floating row cover can also be used to increase soil and air temperature, as well as ward off cucumber beetles which eat young seedlings and spread disease. Remove row cover when flowers open to allow for insect pollination.

Harvest by cutting stem near vine or at least 2-3 inches from fruit. Too many days of sun on fruits after maturity will bleach handles and cause sun scald on the fruit.