10 Small Pumpkin Varieties For Small Gardens

Mini pumpkins are ideal for small gardens because they can be grown vertically on a trellis.

Many people think small pumpkins are just for decoration but they’re also edible and make a great addition to pumpkin recipes.

Here are 10 cute small pumpkins to plant in your garden.

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1. Jack Be Little

Jack Be Little is one of the most popular and well known small pumpkin varieties.

They have a flattened, ribbed shape and will easily fit in the palm of your hand.

Jack Be Little pumpkins have a long shelf life and they look great as part of a table decoration.

They measure about 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 2 inches (5 cm) high.

2. Baby Boo

Baby Boo is a beautiful small white pumpkin that can be edible or decorative.

Each plant will produce about 10 small pumpkins and the color isn’t affected by sun or frost.

3. Casperita

Another small white pumpkin is the Casperita, an attractive looking pumpkin variety that is great for Halloween decorations.

As well as looking good, they also have a delicious taste which is similar to acorn squash.

4. Hooligan

Hooligan is a cute, tiny pumpkin with an interesting orange and white mottled appearance.

They’re one of the most attractive small pumpkins for Halloween or fall decorations and they grow on compact vines so they won’t take over your garden.

5. Gooligan

Gooligan is a cute looking white Pumpkin that is ideal for decorating and you can paint them with beautiful designs.

They grow to about 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter so they’re small enough to grow on a trellis.

6. Bumpkin

Bumpkins are bright little orange pumpkins with sturdy green handles.

They’re a little bit bigger than Munchkin pumpkins, but still small enough for compact gardens.

The plant is a semi-bush shape and it’s resistant to powdery mold.

7. Wee B Little

Wee B Little is another cute pumpkin for kids to grow in the garden.

The vines have a semi-bush habit, so they’re ideal for small gardens and you can even plant them in large containers.

Like most of these small pumpkin varieties they grow to about 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12 cm) in diameter and 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) high.

8. Kabocha

Kabocha pumpkins, also known as Hokkaido or Delica, look like a green pumpkin but they’re really a type of squash.

They have a sweet flavor, which makes them ideal for baking recipes

9. Mini Tiger Striped Pumpkin

Mini Tiger pumpkins can be mottled green, orange or white with vertical stripes.

They’re small in size, growing to about 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12 cm) in diameter.

Mini Tiger pumpkins are tender and smooth with a sweet and slightly nutty taste.

10. Small Sugar Pumpkin

Small sugar pumpkins are a small pumpkin variety reaching about 7 inches (17 cm) in diameter.

They’re commonly used to make pumpkin pies and other delicious pumpkin treats.


Growing small pumpkin varieties is fairly simple, even for beginner gardeners.

Dig some compost into the soil before planting your pumpkin seeds.

It’s best to sow the seeds directly in the garden in spring when the weather has warmed up and there is no more chance of frost.

Miniature pumpkins can also be grown in large containers next to a fence or trellis to climb up.

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You can let the vines spill over the sides of the container and onto the ground if you have enough room around the container.

Pumpkins like to grow in full sun, so choose a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.

Small pumpkins take between 90 to 110 days to mature. [1]

They’re ready to harvest when the stem has dried out and turned brown.

Cut the stem with a sharp knife, being careful not to snap the stem.

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So there are 10 small types of pumpkins to plant in your vegetable garden.


Have you tried growing any of these mini pumpkin varieties in your garden? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Stephanie S

    These pumpkins are so cute! I have never tried growing my own pumpkin, but this year I did grow a lot of different vegetables. Maybe I’ll try next growing season. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. Stella

    So cute. I had no idea there were so many types of small pumpkins that we could plant.

  3. Lyosha

    I love pumpkins. They’re not only very pretty but also very delicious. I loved your little pumpkin guide, even though I don’t have a vegetable garden at the moment.

  4. Smita

    I didn’t realize pumpkins can be this cute, and their names are even cuter! I love it as a vegetable – would definitely look to plant it when possible.

  5. Britt K

    I had no idea that there were so many different options for small pumpkins. I’ve been considering growing some for around the house here (we LOVE decorating for the season) but I haven’t sat down and done the research yet. That being said, you’ve given me a great starting point to decide what I want to grow next year!

  6. Kat

    What an amazing variety of mini pumpkins! I’ve never tried to grow pumpkins myself, although I really love them, both as decoration and as food. Maybe it will be in the cards this coming year or next!

  7. Iris Findlay

    The small baby boo pumpkins are definitely a fave! These are so cute and they’d make awesome jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

  8. I will be the first one to tell you that I thought tiny pumpkins were only for decoration too. I’m definitely in that group! Which is why I love reading your blog and learning. I really want to give growing pumpkins a try next year. Creating a space to plant a garden is my big goal after this winter. I think it will be fun, and pumpkins will definitely be a part of that garden!

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