Small Sugar Pumpkin Seeds (95 days)
Sometimes called New England Pie Pumpkin
The long time favorite and standard for pies. None grows any sweeter. Fruits small, 6-8 lbs; round, flattened at the ends and a good keeper. Skin is deep orange, smooth but plainly ribbed. Flesh is thick, deep yellow, fine grained and has a deliciously sugar flavor.
1936 James Seed Co. says about small sugar pumpkin…
“The fruits are small, ribbed, about 10 inches in diameter and of 8 to 10 lbs. weight. Colour is deep orange yellow, while the flesh is thick and very sweet. The yield of these little pumpkins is astonishing, outweighing the large fruited varieties. The culture given for Cucumber will give a heavy crop of Pumpkins; or single plants 3 feet apart each way in ordinary good soil will give a good yield.”
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Planting Tips for Heirloom Pumpkins:
Most pumpkins, even the smaller heirloom pumpkins like Small Sugar, need a lot of room to grow. Plant in hills to allow for the most space once the soil warms to 65-70°. Plant 3-6 heirloom seeds per hill and later thin them back to the strongest 3 seedlings.
Pumpkins, especially some of these heirloom pumpkins like the Atlantic Giant, can get really big with a lot of manure. If you want to grow a giant don’t hold back.
Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture – not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.
(source: Sustainable Seed Company)