Blue Hubbard Winter Squash Seed
Blue Hubbard is a large, heirloom winter squash that produces oblong, pear-shaped fruits. The outer skin of this variety is bumpy and thick, with a bluish-gray tint. The inner flesh is a golden yellow and sweet, making it perfect for baking and steaming as well.
The plants themselves grow 12 to 24 inches tall and will vine outward, taking up about 6 feet of garden space. Your Blue Hubbard Squash will be ready for harvesting in roughly (110 days).
30 seeds per pack. Lot #381. 91% germination.
One of the oldest domesticated species. Pepo derives from the Greek pepon, meaning ripened by the sun. They have hard 5-sided ribbed stems, and fruits are usually ribbed. They also include summer squashes and small gourds, as well as some pumpkins.
Winter Squash Culture: Can be direct-seeded or transplanted. Direct seeding: Sow 4?5 seeds per hill when the weather has warmed after danger of frost. Allow 4 to 6' between hills. Thin to 3 best plants. Use row covers and low tunnels to hasten maturity and reduce insect damage.
Transplanting: Start indoors three weeks before setting out. Do not disturb the roots. Transplant bush varieties 18" apart, vining varieties 30" apart. Tender, not frost hardy. Heavy nitrogen feeders. Excessive heat and/or drought can prevent blossom set, reduce yields. Winter squash can take one or two light frosts on the vine.
To improve flavor and storage, field-cure for at least 10 days after harvest, covering if hard frost threatens. Store under proper conditions, at least 50° and 60 to 70% relative humidity in a place with good air circulation. Do not pile up squash. Inspect periodically and be sure to use damaged, stemless or small fruit first. Acorns have the shortest storage time before getting stringy, followed by delicatas, buttercup/kabocha. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal temperature range 70 to 90°, optimal temperature 85°. Days to maturity are from direct seeding.