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Pumpkin, Early Sweet Sugar Pie

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The best for rich pumpkin pies.

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The fine orange flesh of this favorite is the best for rich pumpkin pies. Easy to handle, at only 6-7 lb. each.
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110 days

Fruit Weight null

6-7 pounds

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Full Sun

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6-8 feet

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24-30 inches

Sow Method null

Direct Sow

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After Last Frost

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6 feet

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  • How to Sow

    • Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed.
    • Sow seeds directly in the garden.
    • Give large-fruited pumpkins plenty of room to ramble.
    • For improved drainage sow in mounds, or hills of soil 12 inches in diameter, 6-8 inches tall.
    • Sow in groups 4-6 seed about 3 inches apart. Each group should be about 4-6 feet apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
    • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
    • Do not plant pumpkins and other squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.

    How to Grow

    • Thin seedlings to 2-3 per group when they are 1-2 inches high
    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
    • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
    • Pumpkins are “dioecious” having both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
    • Do not move or step on vines as they are quite fragile.
    • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
    • If you are trying to grow extra-large pumpkins, allow only one fruit per plant to mature.
    • Beds of vigorous, sprawling pumpkin vines can be bordered by corn, towering pole beans, sunflowers and other trellised or vine vegetables.

    Harvest & Preserving

    • Pumpkins are ready to harvest when the rinds are hard and a rich shade of orange or white depending on the variety.
    • If a light frost kills the vines, the pumpkins are ready to harvest. Pumpkins are damaged by heavy frost.
    • Cut pumpkins from the vine with a pruning shears, leaving about 3 inches or stem attached
    • Allow the pumpkins to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
    • Store pumpkins in a cool dry place.
    • Roast the seeds for a tasty snack.
  • Days To Maturity
    110 days
    Fruit Weight
    6-7 pounds
    Full Sun
    6-8 feet
    24-30 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    6 feet
    Life Cycle
  • Pumpkin, Early Sweet Sugar Pie is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failed to grow This pumpkin failed to grow. It did germinate but did not get much larger than a baseball until it went bad.
    Date published: 2016-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little pumpkin These were hearty growers, only lost a couple to vine borers (big problem on my property) and these little buggers store Wonderfully. I harvested last fall and it's now early April and they are still good.
    Date published: 2013-04-05
    • 2016-02-09T06:17CST
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