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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Baby Bear'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Baby Bear
Hybridized by R. Johnston, Jr.; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992

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Pumpkin (winter)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

Mature Skin Color:

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)
2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)

Unknown - Tell us

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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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


2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TinyPlantSale On Dec 12, 2011, TinyPlantSale from Keystone Heights, FL wrote:

This is a good pumpkin for a spring garden in Florida. I got pumpkins in May and the vines produced again in June to give me another batch.

Positive treytop On Nov 21, 2009, treytop from Northfield, VT wrote:

I had great success one year with this cultivar, and from 2-3 plants had well over 30 pumpkins. Lovely size to share with young children who want to visit the pumpkin patch!

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

Baby Bear is a unique size and shape, and has been called ""the perfect mini pumpkin. Deep orange, 1 1/2 -2 1/2 lb. fruits are about half the size of a normal pie pumpkin. With slender, sturdy, easy-to-grip handles, they are very appealing to children. One of Baby Bear's parents was New England Pie and the other was a small ""naked"" seed pumpkin, so in addition to its decorative use, the flesh is good for pies and the semi-hulless seeds are good for roasted snacks. Fruits keep well with no spoiling throughout the fall season.


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

Keystone Heights, Florida
Northfield, Vermont

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