Candy Roaster Specialty Winter Squash Seed
Our Candy Roaster Specialty Winter Squash Seed is certified organic and another tasty Appalachian heirloom! LOVE this squash- Everything from growing to cooking, to storage for winter.
This large Appalachian heirloom, possibly originating in North Carolina, is peerless as baked squash, boasting superb eating quality worthy of its name. The Cherokee tribes in the southern Appalachians originally cherished this squash for its ability to withstand winter frost and its long shelf life; many more people have come to treasure it for its unique taste. Highly esteemed by market growers.
Candy Roaster grows luxuriant vines with large leaves and matures somewhat warty pinkish-orange enlarged buttercup-shaped fruits of variable size with blue-green markings. Warmth brings out its sweetness and it does not reach full flavor potential in cool summers. Plant it 3 sisters style. This is not the North Georgia Candy Roaster that is banana shaped.
20 seeds per pack.
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 to 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.