Pumpkin, Winter Squash 'Lil' Ironsides'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lil' Ironsides
Hybridized by Ted Superak
Registered or introduced: 1999
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Pumpkin (winter)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Days to Maturity:

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Mature Skin Color:

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Disease Resistance:

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Seed Type:

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Other details:

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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

Foliage Color:

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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:

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 22, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A hybrid min-pumpkin from Harris Moran which offers this description; "Lilí Ironsides is a mini pumpkin that has a hard shell that increases its shelf life dramatically, and protects it against Fusarium and Phytophthora fruit rots! The size, shape and hard shell make this variety ideal for face painting and ornamental arrangements, but donít expect to carve it! High yields of fruit and very uniform shape and size make Lilí Ironsides a terrific choice for local pumpkin yards or commercial shippers. It weighs 2 to 3 pounds and is a slightly flattened round shape approximately 4 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Its exterior is smooth with dark orange color that resists fading. When youíre looking for an attractive mini pump-kin with long shelf life, Lilí Ironsides is a keeper."