Pumpkin, Jack Be Little (Cucurbita pepo) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones 3-12
Jack Be Little pumpkin seeds are edible and they are quite tasty as well. However, growers prefer them for the compact vines and adorable, tiny pumpkins. Miniature, old-fashioned pumpkins are 3" wide by 2" tall and bright orange. Each plant will produce an average of eight pumpkins. Great for decorations and raw fruit can be hollowed out to make a cute serving dish. Children absolutely LOVE these cute little pumpkins.
Pumpkin has a range of fantastic benefits, including being one of the best-known sources of beta carotene. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant that gives orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color. The body converts any ingested beta carotene into vitamin A. Many studies have suggested that eating more plant foods, such as pumpkin, decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality. It can also help a person avoid diabetes and heart disease, promote a healthy complexion and hair, increase energy, and a healthy body mass index (BMI).
Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start the Small Sugar pumpkin seeds a month before the last expected frost. Since pumpkins do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option. Plant two seeds per pot later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harden the seedlings off before transplanting about a week after the last frost or when soil temps reach at least 60°. Plant the seedlings in very rich soil, 8-10' apart in rows 10-12' apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds a week after the frost .5" deep, 3-4' apart and thin to 8-10' apart. Since pumpkin seedlings do not tolerate frost, provide protection if cold weather threatens. Keep the soil moist at all times, but avoid getting the leaves wet. When the vines develop, a layer of mulch can help conserve water and reduce weeks which compete for resources. By midsummer, pinch off all the blooms to focus the plant's energy into the developing pumpkins.
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