Pumpkin Variety Testing at Highmoor Farm

pumpkins in the fieldHighmoor Farm is UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s fruit and vegetable research facility in Monmouth. Our goal is to conduct applied research for the fruit and vegetable farmers of Maine and provide educational resources for Maine agriculture to remain competitive.

At Highmoor Farm researchers routinely evaluate apple, berry, and vegetable varieties for important horticultural traits and for disease resistance. Some of the better pumpkin varieties are shown here.

If you would like to learn more about pumpkin production and growing pumpkins in Maine, visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Highmoor Farm website. For more information about the college’s research farms visit the Research & Service Facilities page of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station website.

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Pumpkin Variety Pumpkin Description
Rock Star
pumpkin, variety Rock Star
20–25 lb. fruit, round to slightly elongated shape with nice ribbing, medium to dark orange color, and fairly long stems. Vigorous plant, but susceptible to powdery mildew.
Small Sugar
pumpkin, variety Small Sugar
6–7 lb. fruit, slightly flattened shape, moderate ribbing, deep orange coloring, good flesh for pies and canning.
Magic Lantern
pumpkin, variety Magic Lantern

16–22 lb. fruit, round to slightly flattened shape with nice ribbing, deep orange color, and strong stems. Semi-bush plants are powdery mildew tolerant.
Mystic Plus
pumpkins, variety Mystic Plus
3–8 lb. fruit, round to slightly flattened shape with moderate ribbing, deep orange color, hard rind, and long, strong stems. Plants are compact and have powdery mildew tolerance.
pumpkin variety Gladiator
20-25 lb. fruit, round, slightly flattened shape with ribbing, dark orange color, and large, strong stems. Vigorous semi-vine, powdery mildew tolerant.
Field Trip
pumpkins, variety Field Trip
3–8 lb. fruit, flattened shape, uniform with good ribbing, deep orange color, and very long stems. Plants are high yielding and tolerant to powdery mildew.
Racer Plus PMR
pumpkin, variety Racer
14-18 lb. average, round to flattened shape with good ribbing, dark color, and long, strong stems. Intermediate powdery mildew tolerant plants have good yields and are compact.
Kandy Korn
pumpkins, variety Kandy Korn
3/4–1 lb. fruit, bright orange, smooth with good handles, very uniform, has good pumpkin shape. Restrictive vines good for high-density plantings.
Casperita pumpkins
8-16 oz. White fruit that holds color well. Deep rips with attractive green stems. Can be used as table decoration or cooked like an Acorn squash. Intermediate powdery mildew tolerant semi-bush vines.
pumpkins, variety Wee Bee Little
6–18 oz. fruit, mini, round pumpkins with smooth rind, good color, and short stems. Plants are compact and high yielding.

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