Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'Small Sugar'

Cucurbita pepo

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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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

East Chatham, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

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


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 "...an 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.


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.


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.