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CUCURBITA pepo 'Baby Bear'
Delightful for adults and small children alike, ‘Baby Bear’ produces a generous crop of miniature, perfectly proportioned pumpkins with long, twisting stems and bright orange skin. Borne on full-sized vines, the long-keeping fruits have sweet, delicious flesh and semi-hulless seeds which are perfect for roasting. This cultivar won the prestigious All-America Selections award in 1993. It is ready for harvest approximately 105 days from sowing.
Like other true pumpkins, ‘Baby Bear’ is a member of the New World species Cucurbita pepo. These warm season, annual vines are monoecious, meaning single plants bear separate male and female flowers. The large, yellow, funnel shaped male blossoms are generally produced first, followed by the fruit-producing female flowers, which are distinguished by bulbous ovaries at the bases. Following pollination by bees, these develop into fruits, which are often obscured by the plant’s large, coarse, heart-shaped or deeply lobed foliage.
Plant pumpkin seeds in full sun and deep, rich, well-drained loam when the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Regular water is essential, but the plants will not tolerate soggy conditions or wet feet. Where drainage is not optimal, it is advisable to plant them in raised mounds of fertile, porous soil. Vining types such as ‘Baby Bear’ can be trellised if space is limited. Watch closely for squash bugs, cucumber beetles and vine borers at the base of the stems. Yearly crop rotation and removal of dead plant debris at the end of the growing season can help to minimize insect and disease problems. Harvest fruit before frost when the rinds are hard and fully colored, and the vines have begun to turn brown.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)
3'-30' / 0.9m - 9.1m (20)
Hybrid Origin, North America, Mexico, Central America
Yellow, Orange, Dark Green
Orange, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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