Organic Sugar Pie Pumpkin Seeds
If you love making pumpkin treats, Sugar Pie pumpkin is for you! Vines produce smaller pumpkins that pack in the fall flavor we all love. Vigorous vines with disease resistance and resistance to powdery mildew.
Planting by Zones
- Pumpkin is a warm-season crop that does best when planted in warm soil in a full sun location. Pumpkin plants will decline in productivity as the days get colder and shorter.
- In Zones 9 and 10, you can start seeds as early as April if they are protected from the cold. You may need to start them within the protection of a greenhouse or indoors if your area still gets cold temperatures. By late April, it is possible to plant directly into soils that are at least 60°F.
- Sow seeds in starter pots with a heating pad 3-4 weeks before planting out. Harden off plants 6-7 days before planting them out into a frost-free garden.
Planting Sugar Pie Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin seeds can be directly sown into warm soil or planted in starter pots and planted out into the spring garden.
- Plant pumpkin seeds 1″ deep into well-worked soil, watering deeply at the time of planting or prior.
- If you are start seeds in starter pots or trays, plant the seeds 1″ deep into a pre-moistened high-quality seed starting mix.
- Once the seedlings have germinated and have the first set of true leaves, be sure to fertilize regularly with an organic liquid fertilizer.
Growing Sugar Pie Pumpkin
- You can plant your seedlings in the garden once they are 3-4 weeks old. Do not let your pumpkin plants get root bound, as this will significantly stunt their growth.
- Pumpkins need adequate spacing to be happy. Refer to specific spacing for the crop you are planting.
- A granular organic fertilizer added to the planting area is a good idea if your garden has poor nutrient content or if you are growing in a new raised bed.
- Good moisture in the soil is needed. In Zones 9 and 10, this may mean watering by hand often or regular irrigation.
- DO NOT water overhead as this promotes foliar diseases. Be on the lookout for powdery mildew, which is common in Zone 9 and 10 gardens. Read more about powdery mildew here.
Growing Pumpkin in Containers
- If planting in containers, make sure your container is at least 20″ deep. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Mulch heavily on the top layer of soil in the pot to keep the soil from drying out or heating up too much. One plant per container is usually all that can fit. Keep in mind; the most prolific pumpkin crop will need multiple plants for good pollination.
- Pumpkins are best harvested at peak ripeness, typically when they have turned their appropriate color and when you cannot easily pierce their skin with your nail.
- Pumpkin plants need good pollination to ensure that you have ample fruit set. To accomplish this, we highly encourage you to plant more than one plant and to plant flowers that will bring pollinators. Cosmos, zinnias, and sunflowers are perfect warm-season flowers to accompany your pumpkin plants.