Although this is actually an eggplant variety, few people will be able to guess what type of plant it is; however, everyone will love the cute, little pumpkin-shaped fruits of this 1800s ornamental eggplant. Often added to fresh or dried florist arrangements. Also called ‘Red China’ or ‘Scarlet Chinese’ eggplant, the bitter fruits are used in Asian cooking. Plants grow up to 3′-4′ tall, 2′-3′ wide, and produce flowers that bloom in the summer. Prefers full sun exposure. Botanical Interests’® Pumpkin on a Stick Seeds are USDA Organic and have been verified by The Non-GMO Project.
65-70 days from transplanting to maturity.
Outdoors: Sow 2-4 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.
Indoors: Sow 6-8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 80°–90°F. Transplant outdoors when the soil temperature is at least 60°F.
What is an heirloom seed?
An heirloom variety is one that has been passed down from generation to generation. Generally, the variety must have been around for at least 50 years. They are open-pollinated, which means they have been exposed to natural pollination methods like insects or winds. They aren’t hybrids or genetically modified.