Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.
The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
Start Indoors Fall
Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
Start Outdoors Fall
Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13
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 4-6 seeds in groups about 3 inches apart. Each group should be about 4-6 feet apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
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 have both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later. The female flower has a miniature fruit behind the blossom.
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 of 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
After Last Frost
Pumpkin, Early Sweet Sugar Pie is rated
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Rated 5 out of
These have never failed me.I love to raise pumpkins. Every winter I keep the cabin fever at bay by picking out my new and different varieties to try. This variety is always in my pumpkin patch along with the "new" ones. It has been my hands-down favorite pumpkin to grow. I trellis it with cattle panels and let them go wild.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of
The pie man from
Love this pumpkinI bought these seeds off a Burpee seed rack at my local box store. Even though it isn't recommended, I started the seeds indoors. I grew these pumpkins under black plastic. It took a while for the plants to get going, but once they did, I got a bumper crop of really great pumpkins. Most of mine averaged about 8-12 inches in diameter. The pies were outstanding, the best I've ever made and I've been making pies for over 30 years. I highly recommend this pumpkin variety for pies.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 2 out of
Sprouting problemsI received the seeds all excited about the number of pumpkins I would be growing this year and because I have had such luck with Burpees products in the past I only planted one seed in each spot where I wanted a pumpkin to grow. Unfortunately only about half sprouted (36 seeds planted, about 16-18 sprouted).
I wish I could tell you how those plants fared in the long run, but due to a couple of visits by our neighbors dogs I cannot. The plants that did sprout looked very good until their untimely demise, however.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 5 out of
Dave N from
Good eating this Fall!Pumpkins are my favorite to grow! We had a very nice crop of Sweet Sugar Pie Pumpkins this year and first time I tried this variety.
All seeds germinated and this was a very hardy plant to survive our unusually hot and dry summer. The resulting crop was nicely shaped fruit and uniform size.
The average weight at 5+ pounds, no blemishes, and deep rich orange color makes these real beauties for some fall baking!
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 1 out of
Failed to growThis 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
Great little pumpkinThese 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.