Decorate with paint or glitter for pretty accents, or fill with your favorite stuffing, casserole, soup, or custard for a fun appetizer. These tiny, delicious pumpkins are 3"–4" across and 2" tall. Compact vines (3'–5' long) grow 6–10 fruits on each plant. Can be grown in a large container and trellised to grow vertically. When growing in containers, use one that is at least 5 gallons, and 18" deep; only 1 plant per container.
• Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo
• Days to Maturity: 95 days
• Family: Cucurbitaceae
• Native: Southern United States and Mexico
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 3'–5' vines
• Variety Information: Small, 3"–4" diameter, 2" high pumpkins; somewhat flattened and ribbed. Each plant produces 6–10 fruits.
• 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: 3'–4' 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.