Pumpkin, Jack Be Little
Adorable, miniature pumpkins, just 3" across and 2" high, for fall/winter decorations.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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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 Maturity95 daysFruit Weight4-8 ouncesSunFull SunSpread4 feetHeight12-18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin4 feetLife CycleAnnual
Pumpkin, Jack Be Little is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by amp1014 from Perfect for Kids! We grew Jack be Little pumpkins this year just for our son, who loves to help in the garden. They are the perfect size for kids and are excellent to use in decorating. They also make great pumpkins for kids to paint and decorate to last longer than traditional pumpkins. We'll be planting these in the future!Date published: 2014-09-05Rated 4 out of 5 by gardenjoe from Growing well Started 2 from seeds from a packet. They are growing well despite a late transplant in mid June. I have 3 or 4 fruits and 2 are about ready for harvesting almost. I say I started 2 but I guess I actually have 1. Like Ive found in Burpee Zukes, there are rogue seeds in their seed packets. One of my 2 plants is producing round white pumpkins or gourds. 1 is now the size of a baseball and there are 2 golf ball sized. With my zukes its no big deal because they all pretty much taste the same. WIth these Im not so happy. I only have a 15x20 plot and pumpkins take up a lot of room as it is and I dont have space for stuff I dont really want growing. Makes me wonder what variety of green beans and snow peas are actually growing.Date published: 2014-08-15Rated 4 out of 5 by GardenGirl88 from Needs Time to Mature They ripened quite a bit slower than I thought they would. They also got off to a slow start because of a late May frost. They may do better as direct-sow as opposed to transplants. They do start easily. They do dry quite nice, though. They lose the bright orange color, but once dried they could be painted and decorated. I did get enough to decorate with, and will be planting them for many years to come.Date published: 2009-03-30Rated 3 out of 5 by wilbar from Tiny,well formed pumkins I germinated the Jack Be Little pumkins with everything else but they took much longer to sprout.when they did sprout i only got three plants,and I culled two. Hence the three leaf rating. The one sprout that I did plant came along well.It grew relatively fast and produced three tiny pumkins,perfect for a centerpiece display before the white mold got it. I used neem oil this year to prevent mold.Next year I shall try something stronger . I will try this mini pumkin again next year ,hopefully with better results.Date published: 2007-08-15Rated 5 out of 5 by Edward from Great Pumpkin Jack Be Little is easy and fun to grow. This pumpkin plant takes up very little space. And produces little pumpkins like crazy. Children love Jack be littles as well. If you are a beginer pumpkin grower you have to try the Jack Be Littles.Date published: 2007-04-08Rated 5 out of 5 by cherry from grows in a clay pot I grew these in a clay pot in potting soil on my front patio in Orange County, CA. These seeds work!Date published: 2006-08-04