Pumpkins Mini Jack - Renee&
Pumpkins Mini Jack - Renee&
Pumpkins Mini Jack - Renee&

Pumpkins Mini Jack - Renee's Garden Seeds

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Cucurbita pepo

Easy to grow and very reliable, Mini Jack Baby Pumpkins mature much earlier than their bigger cousins, rewarding you with armfuls of 3 to 4 inch, deeply ribbed fruits that are true old-fashioned miniatures. Kids (of all ages) love them and they make welcome gifts and colorful holiday decorations and centerpieces. These happy little beauties are also deliciously edible; bake them whole for individual servings of stuffing, cranberry sauce or pumpkin soup presented right in their bright orange shells.

Seed Count: Approx. 25-30 / Weight: 2 g
 Plant In Sun/Shade Planting Depth Space Days to Germinate Days to Harvest
April-June Full sun 1 in. deep Rows: 2 ft. Hills: 6 in. 7 - 10 days 80 - 85 days

BEST TO START OUTDOORS

Pumpkins need full sun, rich fertile soil and warm temperatures. Wait to plant until temperatures stay above 50F (10C) day and night. Sow groups of 2 to 3 seeds 2 ft. apart and 1 in. deep in rows 4 ft. apart. Thin to 1 strong seedling per group to give vines room to ramble. Or, make slightly mounded hills 2 to 3 ft. across and 6 ft. apart and plant 4 to 5 seeds in each hill. When seedlings have several sets of leaves, thin to the strongest 3 seedlings per hill.

GROWING NOTES

Protect young seedlings from marauding birds by covering with plastic berry baskets at sowing time, removing before plants get crowded. To save space, or for a handsome garden centerpiece, Mini Jack vines can easily be trained up fences, trellises or tepees.  

HARVEST AND USE

All pumpkins need to mature properly, so wait to pick until rinds are fully coloured and tough enough to resist piercing with a fingernail and vines have died back. Then cut, leaving a good stem handle. Let them cure for 10 days in the sun, then store in a cool dry place and they'll keep for months. In the kitchen, hollow them out, then stuff and bake them for dandy little soup or vegetable tureens.

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