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Pumpkin 'Baby Bear'

Cucurbita pepo var. pepo

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  • 9 stashed

Baby Bear is a variety of Pumpkin which is a member of the Cucurbita family. Its botanical name is Cucurbita pepo var. pepo 'Baby Bear'.

Baby Bear Pumpkin produces a nicely scaled down version of a classic jack-o-lantern in your pumpkin patch. Baby Bear Pumpkins are produced on normal pumpkin vines and weigh about 1-1/2 pounds, which are ideal for children. Flesh is well-colored orange and fine grained that is excellent for pies. Pumpkin seeds are semi-hulless. Baby Bear Pumpkin is tolerant to fusarium and gummy stem blight.

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Baby Bear is known for growing to a height of approximately 30.48 cm (that's 11.89 inches in imperial).

Baby Bear Pumpkin is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Baby Bear have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Baby Bear

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When pumpkin plants are 3 to 6 inches tall and (after second set of leaves appear), thin to the 3 strongest plants in each hill.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Baby Bear is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Baby Bear are Zone 3 and Zone 11. Baby Bear needs a soil ph of 6.5 to 7.0 (weakly acidic soil - neutral soil).

Growing Baby Bear from seed

Plant pumpkin seed outdoors in late spring when ground is warm or start seed indoors 5 to 7 weeks earlier. Make a group of 4 to 6 pumpkin seeds placed in a ring about 2 inches across; cover with 1/2 inch of fine soil, well pressed down. Each ring of pumpkin seeds is called a hill and hills should be spaced 5 to 10 feet apart each way.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 6.83 feet (2.10 metres) and sow at a depth of around 0.58 inches (1.5 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 21°C / 70°F.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Baby Bear about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Baby Bear

Baby Bear is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Baby Bear

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid autumn.