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Pumpkin on a Stick Seeds

Pumpkin on a Stick Seeds

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A real conversation piece in the garden and in floral arrangements. Few people will guess what type of plant it is, but everyone loves the cute, little pumpkin-shaped fruits of this 1800s ornamental eggplant. Often added to fresh or dried florist arrangements. Also called 'Red China' or 'Scarlet Chinese' eggplant, the bitter fruits are used in Asian cooking.

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Variety Info

Days to Maturity: 65–70 days after transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Africa

Hardiness: Annual

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Plant Dimensions: 3'–4' tall, 2'–3' wide

Variety Info: Purple star-shaped flowers followed by 2"–3" green fruits that ripen to an orange-red.

Attributes: Cut Flower, Frost Sensitive

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 70Β°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 80°–90Β°F. Transplant outdoors when the soil temperature is at least 60Β°F.

Days to Emerge: 10–20 days

Seed Depth: ΒΌ"

Seed Spacing: Start indoors; plant 24"–36" apart outside.

Thinning: Not required.