Little October Pumpkin Seeds

#0176
This packet sows up to 4 mounds.
Availability: In Stock
Looking for an ideal family craft project? After your "mini-gardeners" have helped grow this 3"–4" mini-pumpkin from seed to harvest, let them loose with acrylic paints or permanent markers. Spray with a polyurethane glaze to preserve the creative results! (The pumpkins, not the kids!)
$3.49 12 seeds

Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo

Days to Maturity: 95 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Southern United States and Mexico

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 6'–8' vines

Variety Information: Pumpkins average 3"–4" in diameter and 8–12 ounces in weight. Rounded shape, burnt orange color with dark green, well-attached stem. 'Little October' is grown mostly for its ornamental qualities.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground. Transplant after your average last frost date, when weather is warm and settled.

Days to Emerge: 7–14 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 4'–6' apart

Thinning: When several leaves, thin to 1 –2 per mound

Harvesting: Harvest pumpkins before the first fall frost, and when foliage has begun to dry out. Cut stem with a knife, leaving 3"–-4" of stem on the pumpkin. Do not hold the pumpkin by the stem; if stem attachment gets broken, or any part of the pumpkin bruises, the pumpkin may rot. Brush off any dirt or leaves. Ideally, cure at 80°-85°F and 80–85% humidity or a warm, sunny spot with good air circulation for 1 to 2 weeks before eating or storage. Do not allow harvested fruit to get wet.