(Jan. 10) Siegers Seed Company executives are expecting their new, heavily warted varieties of pumpkins and gourds to be a big hit by October.

The Holland, Mich.-based company has put more than 10 years and 10 generations of breeding into the Super Freak series. Knuckle Head and Goose Bumps are the names of the pumpkin varieties, and Gremlins are large warted gourds.

Although the decorative pumpkins and gourds have only seen the test market, Siegers is already working on more sizes, shapes and colors.

Roy Pearman, director of sales and marketing for Siegers, said in a news release that small warted gourds are a standard fall decoration, but no one has been able to bring a full-sized one to the market until now.

“There are some gourds (available), but there’s no consistency,” said Sonnie Bryant, executive assistant to Pearman. “You plant ours and you’re going to get the size and variety that we show you.”

Seeds for these are available now. The Goose Bumps pumpkins grow to maturity in 95 days. The Gremlins gourds have 100 relative days to maturity, and the Knuckle Head pumpkins need 105 days. Retailers and brokers can call Sieger’s at (800) 962-4999 to find out availability of the series in their areas.

Siegers Seed is a family-owned vegetable seed distributor for commercial growers.

Siegers selling seeds for freaky, warted gourds
Siegers Seed Company, Holland, Mich., expects its new, heavily warted varieties of pumpkins and gourds to be a big hit by October.