Pumpkin Varieties

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Cucurbita maxima      Full Sun      Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.5


Miniature Pumpkin varieties are from the plant species Cucurbita pepo, which also includes gourds and other circubits such as some varieties of squash and Zucchini. They weigh up to a pound. Most miniature varieties are grown for decoration and are generally not used for cooking, although some newer hybrid varieties have proven to be very palatable.

Small pumpkin varieties weigh between two and eight pounds. Small pumpkins are grown for decoration and carving as well as baking.

Pumpkin seeds for consumption generally - but not always come from "naked seeded" small pumpkins, which are also varieties of Cucurbita pepo and are at times called varying accolades of squash. Naked Seeded Pumpkin seeds are called Naked because they lack a hardened seed coat . Without this tough protective seed coat, the “naked” seeds are broken easily , and are prone to a lower germination ratio.

Naked seeded pumpkins are also called "Styrian" or "Kakai" in some parts of Europe. They are also used to make pumpkin seed oil. Fruits of most naked seeded varieties are unattractive and poor-quality, they are irregular in shape and difficult to carve into jack-o- lanterns.

Medium Pumpkin varieties weigh between 8 and 15 pounds. They are grown to use in cooking ,decoration and carving

Large pumpkin varieties weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. They are grown to use in cooking ,decoration and carving.

Extra large pumpkinvarieties weigh between 20 and 40 pounds. They are sometimes as large as jumbo / giant varieties and are grown for use as decoration and carving.

Giant pumpkin varieties weigh a minimum of 30 pounds and can grow to 100 lbs. or more. These are the types of Pumpkins that Peter the pumpkin eater would keep his wife in - if you're familiar with the old nursery rhyme. The current world record is 1,689 pounds for an Atlantic Giant pumpkin - wow that's alot of Pumpkin ! These pumpkins are generally grown for their size, and are rarely used for baking or cooking. They take 120 or more days to harvest and grow on large vines. Growing Giant Pumpkins is an art in itself and there is actually a competitive Giant Pumpkin Growing Cult.

Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin. World Record Holder for Giant Pumpkin. Ready for harvest in about 120 to 140 days.

"Wee Be Little" Miniature Pumpkins. 95 Days to Maturity. About the size of a baseball.

Wolf Pumpkin

"Wolf" Pumpkin - Days to Maturity: 120. Multiple uses: decorating, carving, eating, roasting seeds. Plant mid summer for fall harvest.

Baby Boo Pumpkin

"Baby Boo" Pumpkins - A unique miniature pumpkin, just 3" acrossWhite flesh and a ghostly white skin. Full Sun. Plant 4-6 seeds in groups 6'-8' apart, or sow in rows


The Jack O Lantern Pumpkin typically weighs between 8 - 12 pounds. They are perfect for carving or baking! They attract bees, butterflies, and birds.

Polar Bear Pumpkin

Polar Bear Pumpkin - Extra Large - 30-40 pounds per pumpkin - Unbelievable, luminous ghostly white pumpkins are great for painting and carving.

Cinderella Pumpkin

Cinderella Pumpkin. French Heirloom..

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