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Pumpkin on a Stick!
Is there such a thing as a plant called Pumpkin On a Stick!?
After receiving numerous telephone calls and emails, we set out to find the truth behind this rumor. After much research and effort, we indeed discovered the "Pumpkin on a Stick" plant. Not only did we uncover the dirt about this plant, we actually obtained seeds and grew it. It is a lot of fun to grow.
Pumpkin on a Stick became a conversation piece in our yard. Wisely, we grew it in a flower bed, near our deck. As a result, many people saw it as it grew. As the fruit began to appear, people made guesses at what it was. (we didn't let on.) Some people thought it was a miniature pumpkin. Others, identified it as a strange tomato. No one was quite sure what to think of it. No one was sure if it was edible.
Pumpkin on a Stick, also called Pumpkin Tree and Pumpkin Bush. The plant grows three to five feet tall. It produces ribbed fruit, a little smaller than a miniature (Jack B. Little) pumpkin. As the fruit grows, it is a deep green color. The fruit ripens to a deep, reddish orange. When the fruit is dried, it's color lightens, appearing more orange in color.
So what is Pumpkin on a Stick really?
Unfortunately....disappointingly for us pumpkin growers, it is an ornamental
You can still call this plant and fruit Pumpkin on a Stick. That is the common names given to this plant. Florist use it for fall flower arrangements. They only know it as Pumpkin on a Stick.
We enjoyed growing this plant and will do so often, perhaps every year. It is quite the conversation piece.
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