How do you grow Baby Bear Pumpkins?

Baby Bear Pumpkin Size

The Baby Bear pumpkin size is 3.5 inches tall to 5 or 5.5 inches wide. The pumpkin fruit is unique and the size is not too big nor too small. The fruit weight is about 1.5 – 2 pounds.

How to Grow Baby Bear Pumpkin

  1. Plant indoors, or in a greenhouse
  2. Let harden for up to 7 days
  3. Tansplant to the garden
  4. Harvest when orange

To grow baby bear pumpkin, put 2 to 3 seeds in a pot with well-drained soil that rich in organic matter and with an optimal temperature of 75 – 95 degrees F. When they germinate, thin the other seedlings that have germinated in one container to remain with one seedling, and harden them for up to 7 days before transplanting.

When the seedlings are well-hardened, transfer them to a well-prepared garden with loose moist soil that is well-drained as we have mentioned. Plant them according to the recommended spacing as we will discuss below.

For best results, it is recommendable to start growing the seeds indoors in pots then transplant them in suitable conditions after the frost date. That is after 3 – 4 weeks. The conditions in the table below are ideal for this variety:

Soil typeWell-drained, loose, moist soil with organic matter.
Soil pH5.8–6.8
Temperature75 – 95 degrees F
SunlightFull sun
Hardening4 – 7 days
SeasonWarm season
How to grow Baby Bear Pumpkins
How to grow Baby Bear Pumpkins

How much Space do Baby Bear Pumpkins need?

Baby Bear pumpkins need a space of 38 – 48 inches in between the plants and 48 – 60 inches apart for rows.  This pumpkin variety spreads and after a short while, it will cover the whole space. You may adjust the spacing depending on the fruit size.

How fast do Baby Bear Pumpkins grow?

The Baby Bear pumpkin matures in 105 days. That is 3 ½ months from germination. It is important to note that germination alone takes 7 – 10 days. That is the time you should expect your pumpkins to ripe. Within that period, you should be checking and harvesting the ripe ones for storage.

It is easy to note when the pumpkin is fully mature and ready for harvesting. Within the maturity period, the pumpkin skin changes color and also, the rinds become hard.

Baby Bear Pumpkin Seeds

The seeds of this pumpkin variety are available in sachets that contain a countable number of seeds per pound. If you are looking to buy, you can find them at Amazon or many other online retailers. Of course, you will find many vendors online that sell the Baby Bear pumpkin seeds given how popular the variety is.

Baby Bear Pumpkin Facts

There are several facts you should know about Baby Bear pumpkins. The pumpkin looks golden with comfortable handles/stalks.

The Baby Bear pumpkin facts that we have recorded below regard to the overall appearance among other details:

Number of fruits/plants8 to 10
Pumpkin weight1.5 – 2.5 lbs.
Plant height1.5 feet
ColorDeep orange
ShapeFlat round
Pumpkin size3.5 inches tall – 5 or 5.5 inches wide
Days to mature105

These features of the Baby Bear pumpkin make it easy to identify from the rest of the pumpkins.

How many pumpkins do you get per plant?

Different varieties of pumpkins yield a different number of pumpkins per plant. The Baby bear type can yield between 8 and 10 pumpkins when the conditions are kept right.

Some other varieties like the Miniature pumpkins can yield less while others such as the Jack B variety can yield up to 12 pumpkins. The average number for most varieties is 3 -6 pumpkins. However, it is important to note that you can only achieve the maximum yield by giving your plant the right conditions.

The number of pumpkins per plant also depends on the size of the pumpkin fruit as in the table below:

SizesNumber of pumpkins
Small (1 – 7lbs)4 – 12
Medium (8 – 20lbs)2 – 4
Large (20+ lbs.)2 – 3
Very large (30+ lbs.)1 – 2

It is also worth noting that the size of the pumpkin largely depends on the variety.

Are Baby Bear Pumpkins edible?

Baby Bear pumpkins are edible. You can use them to make puree, pancakes, and other savory dishes. You can roast the seeds and eat them as snacks. They are nutritious and good for adults and children. You can also eat them pure or mixed with other dishes. In addition to that, you can use different seasonings to give it the flavor that you want.

Due to the deep orange color and flat round shape with rinds, this pumpkin is a favorite for children and you can also use it for indoor decoration purposes during Halloween. Therefore, it is not only edible but also attractive.

Baby Bear Pumpkin

Baby Bear Pumpkin Recipes

As I have mentioned, Baby Bear pumpkins are edible and useful with different recipes. They can make delicious dishes with different recipes. Among the common recipes for this pumpkin, the variety includes the freshly roasted pumpkins – a recipe where a full pumpkin is roasted fresh before cutting it. Other recipes include:

Baby Bear Pumpkins with Garlic Custard

In this recipe, you bake the pumpkin fresh in the oven, then cut off the top of the pumpkin to create a pumpkin-like container, scoop and remove the seeds, then pour in the mixture of garlic, milk, cheese, eggs, salt, and pepper.

Stuffed Baby Pumpkins

Like in the previous recipe, instead of the garlic mix, you can stuff with your favorite ingredients such as cheese and spinach. Of course, you can always experiment with this recipe with different stuffing and seasonings.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

This is an easy and delicious recipe. With this, you can slice and peel the pumpkin, then cut it into small pieces, roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, then mash them in a bowl to make your puree. It can be plain puree or mixed with other ingredients to make it taste better.

Of course, we cannot exhaust the recipes that you can make with Baby Bear pumpkins. It’s about experimenting and you can mix it with whatever dish you want to enjoy. It is also good for making pancakes.

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Resources:

Baby Bear Pumpkin (105 Days) – Pinetree Garden Seeds

Pumpkin ‘Baby Bear’ – Buy Online at Annie’s Annuals

Pumpkin Baby Bear | All-America Selections

Baby Bear Pumpkin Seeds – Heirloom

Clarisse Walters

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