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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Small Sugar'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Small Sugar

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2 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Pumpkin (winter)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Days to Maturity:
91 to 100 days
101 to 110 days

Mature Skin Color:

4 to 6 pounds (2 to 3 kg)
7 to 11 pounds (3 to 5 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


No positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gabrielle On Mar 23, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I tried these, but only 2 had time to mature. They were good, but for the harvest, it wasn't worth the space.

Neutral smiln32 On Feb 4, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Considered an heirloom as it pre-dates the Civil War.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 20, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This one is also sold as the New England Pie . About 100 days it is generally described as " early, productive, general purpose variety. Excellent texture and flavor for canning and pies."

It is small (6-10 lbs) and not generally suitable as Halloween pumpkin. As a kid in Virginia most folks grew Green Striped Cushaw for pies, but we have a neighbor from Pennsylvania who always grew 'New England Pie' pumpkins. They yield relatively well, but I prefer the Cushaw as a pie pumpkin.

Neutral suzy_qu3 On Dec 1, 2004, suzy_qu3 from East Chatham, NY wrote:

This variety grew very well. I wouldn't say that they were that great for pies. The pie I made was just OK. Most commercial "pumpkin" in the can is another squash anyway. Only one was big enough to carve.

Neutral trifunov On Oct 18, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have ordered seeds for this pumpkin. According to the vendor's website, this is the pie pumpkin, although the larger specimens can also be carved for Halloween. The vigorous vine grows well on a trellis or other support, and produces a number of 5-8 pound fruits. Eating quality is excellent." 95 days.

I'll update after growing it in spring.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

East Chatham, New York

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