Everyone loves pumpkins. With literally hundreds of varieties of pumpkins to choose from, there’s a favorite pumpkin or two for us all. We are blessed with lots of varieties, because pumpkins, members of the Cucurbita family, are notorious cross breeders. They readily cross breed with some varieties of squash, too. And, the little miniature pumpkins, which are actually gourds, show crossbreeding characteristics bringing us a plethora of interesting colors shapes, and sizes. While gardeners are fortunate to have all of these varieties to choose from and grow in the pumpkin patch finding pumpkin seeds for the variety you choose may or may not be a challenge. For uncommon varieties of pumpkins, we suggest you do an online search. Find pumpkin seeds.
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While there are hundreds of varieties of pumpkins, most seed companies offer just a handful of varieties. It may take quite a search to find the more uncommon and rare varieties.
Listed below are some of the pumpkin varieties we have found:
|Baby Boo||Off White||Cute, miniature, white pumpkins. It will make your Halloween even spookier!|
|Jack B. Little (JBL)||Orange||This little pumpkin fits in the palm of your hand. The fruit is orange with deep ribs. While it is tiny, it has a HUGE presence for fall decorating.|
Note: Jack B. Little is the most popular variety found in the pumpkin patch. It is the best known of the miniature varieties.
|Autumn Gold||Golden Orange||Early to ripen, thick orange flesh. Good for baking. 7-10 pounds.|
|Casper||Off White||Flesh is very hard. Certain to be a standout attraction in the pumpkin patch, and in Fall and Halloween displays.|
|Fairy Tale||Orange-ish Tan||A unique and popular French “cheese” pumpkin. Deeply lobed shape. Fine-grained flesh is delicious in your favorite recipe. Long keeper. 15-18 pound average.|
|Jaradale||Greyish Blue||Australian pumpkin cross between Blue Hubbard and Cinderella. Deep ribs, thick orange flesh. Good for cooking.|
|Spooktacular||Orange||Small fruits are good for little tykes. At about 85 days, they are ready to harvest earlier than others.|
|Wee Be Little||Orange||Just 3 inches in diameter, round grows to about a pound. Great for carving or painting. They are tasty, too!|
|Appalachian F1||Dark Orange||Semi-bush variety. High yield, excellent handles.|
|Aspen F1||Deep, Rich Orange||Large, attractive fruit medium ribs and with good handles. 18-20 pounds.|
|Big Autumn||Orange||Attractive for displays or carving. Good for baking, too. Autumn Gold’s big brother at 12-16 pounds.|
|Cinderella||Reddish Orange||This is a very popular French heirloom variety. The fruit is flattened and deeply ribbed. It almost looks like a cheese wheel. 25 – 35 pound fruit, which is both beautiful and tasty.|
|Connecticut Field||Bright Orange||Traditional pumpkin color with ribbed rind, and deep yellow, coarse flesh. Great for carving or canning. 15 to 25 pounds. A home garden favorite.|
|Ghost Rider||Dark Orange||Round ribs rind and dark green stem, with yellow-orange flesh. 15-30 pounds.|
|Gold Rush||Bright Orange||Shiny, ribbed skin, 4 inch long handles, thick and heavy flesh. 20-35 pounds.|
|Harvest Jack F1||Dark Orange||Easy to grow, high yielding variety, averages 25-30 pounds. Long handledLong-handled fruit makes great, large Jack O’Lanterns.|
|Howden||Orange||It makes a good carving pumpkin. Big, strong stem. 20-30 pounds.|
|Howden Biggie||Orange||Big pumpkin, thick stem.|
|Jack of All Trades F1||Bright Orange||Makes a great Jack O’Lantern. Early to mature fruit with shallow ribs is attractive with a strong green handle. 15-25 pounds.|
|Jack O’Lantern||Bright Orange||Simply named, this is the common pumpkin grown for carving. Ribbed shell.|
|Jalhrude / Australian Blue||Greenish Blue||Here’s a unique conversation piece pumpkin. This pumpkin is deeply ribbed.|
|Jumpin Jack||Deep Golden Orange||Very large, well-handled fruit. Pumpkins are taller than wide.|
|Rouge D’Etant||Reddish Orange||This small-sized, interestingly attractive color.|
|Amish Pie||Dull Orange||This is a popular and tasty heirloom, great for baking pies and other recipes. Flat-ish, ribbed fruit.|
|Baby Bear||Deep Orange||All America Selection Winner. 1-2 pounds, slightly flat fruits. Good for baking.|
|Happy Jack||Dark Orange||Best for baking and canning. 16-22 pounds.|
|Sweet Sugar Pie||Orange||Small, round 5-7 pound fruit. Sets the standard for baking and cooking. As its name implies, its pulp is sweet.|
You’ll need a big pumpkin patch to grow these monsters. But it’s both a challenge and rewarding.
|Big Max||Orange-Red||Soft skinned, good shape. 30-50 pounds.|
|Big Moon||Orange||Great for the show, round with good color. 50-200 pounds.|
|Dill’s Atlantic Giant Pumpkins||Light, dull Orange||The Grandaddy of them all. Grow for record-breaking size. Fruit is often flat-ish, rarely round.|
|Mammoth Gold||Golden Orange||Heirloom, more orange than gold. Nearly round, ribbed fruit, Thick, pale orange flesh. 40-60 pounds.|
|Prizewinner||Orange||Excellent shape, much oranger than Atlantic Giant. 50-200 pounds.|
|Show Winner||White||Impressive giant fruit has a good, round shape.|
|Giant Squash||Pale Green White||Competition fruit similar to Atlantic Giant pumpkin, but no orange color. Up to 1,000 pounds or more.|
|Wyatt’s Wonder||Deep Orange||Great color, good shape. 100-200 pounds.|
Garden Tip: Soak these big pumpkin seeds before planting
These varieties will look good growing in the pumpkin patch. And they will be a conversation piece when used for fall decorating.
|Fairy Tale||Bright Orange||Heirloom pumpkin is perfect for baking. Unique, deeply ribbed shape.|
|Peanut||Orange with brown bumps his||This truly unique pumpkin is pink with beige bumps, resembling peanuts covering its surface.|
|Pumpkin on a Stick||Deep reddish orange||A truly fascinating plant. An eggplant,orange is quite novel. Use it to WOW fellow gardeners and passersby. Great for fall craft projects, and floral arrangements.|
|Red Warty||Red Orange||This lumpy pumpkin will make your weird and eerie Halloween display stand out. Weighs up to 20 pounds. Use it in a wide range of Fall and Halloween decorating. It’s also an excellent eating pumpkin with sweet, stringless flesh.|
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