There’s over 200 varieties of pumpkin. However, seed manufacturers carry very few varieties. Chances are, you’ll only find a half a dozen or so varieties at stores and garden centers. Just a few see manufacturers carry a couple dozen at most.
Each variety has different characteristics. There’s big pumpkins, small pumpkins, and everything in between pumpkins. There’s a wide, wide range of colors, shapes and sizes. Aren’t we lucky!?
Here are some common, more popular varieties of pumpkins you can grow this year, with pride!
Jack Be Little – Abbreviated JBL. This little pumpkin fits in the palm of your hand.
While it is tiny, Jack Be Little has a HUGE presence for fall decorating
Baby Boo – Cute, miniature, white pumpkins. They will make your Halloween even spookier!
Mini Harvest Blend – If you like miniature pumpkins, you’ll love this miniature harvest blend. It includes Hooligan, Gooligan, and Bumpkin. How can you beat that for Fall and Halloween?
Connecticut Field – It’s excellent for large Jack O’Lanterns, averaging 15 to 25 pounds. Bright orange, ribbed rind, with deep yellow, coarse flesh. Connecticut Field pumpkins are a home garden favorite.
Harvest Jack – This easy to grow and high yielding variety, averages 25 – 30 pounds. The fruit is dark orange with long handles. It makes great, large Jack O’Lanterns.
Howden – pumpkins are a Halloween favorite. Big, bright orange, and easy to carve. The fruit grows 20 – 30 pounds. The plant can produce 4 – 6 pumpkins.
Jack O’Lantern – Perfect size for Halloween pumpkin carving Averages 8 to 15 pounds. Bright orange, ribbed fruit.
Jaradale pumpkin – It’s a blue pumpkin. Weighing 6 to 10 pounds, the Jaradale is unique and decorative. Use it for baking, mashing and cooking. Jaradales are long keepers.
Fairy tale – A unique and popular French “cheese” pumpkin. Deeply lobed shape, and rich, deep, tan color. The flesh is fine-grained, and delicious in your favorite recipe. Long keeper. 15-18 pounds.
Blue Doll – This pumpkin will draw surprised stares, and a second look. Almost square fruit, it is an eye-catching blue color. Grows big, 20 – 30 pounds.
Cinderella – This is a French heirloom variety, and very, very popular. The fruit is reddish-orange, flattened and ribbed. It almost looks like a cheese wheel.
Cinderella produces 25 – 35 pound fruit, that is both beautiful and tasty.
Red Warty – This lumpy red-orange 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.
Dill’s Atlantic Giant – The Grand Daddy of them all! Looking to grow a pumpkin that weighs a thousand pounds or more? Get Dill’s Atlantic giant pumpkin seeds.
Sweet Sugar Pie – These pumpkins are perfect for baking. Sweet, finer textured pulp. Sugar Pie sets the standard. Pumpkins average 5 to 7 pounds.
Casper – It’s ghostly white! And, it’s sure to be an attraction in both your pumpkin patch, and in your Fall or Halloween displays.
Wee Be Little – This little pumpkin is just 3 inches in diameter, round and grows to about a pound.
Use them for carving or painting. They are tasty, too!
Pumpkin on a Stick – A truly fascinating plant. Actually, an eggplant, it is quite novel. Use it to WOW fellow gardeners and passersby. Great for fall craft projects, and floral arrangements.