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Lower Salmon River Winter Specialty Squash Seed-Squash-Heirloom Seed Supply

Lower Salmon River Winter Specialty Squash Seed

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These Lower Salmon River winter specialty squash seed are certified organic. (94 days). Deep orange sweet flesh is flaky and dry. The salmon pink colored skin is very thick with light mottling.

Fruits store for up to 1 year under ideal conditions.  Hard rind can be susceptible to cracking if over-watered late in the season so harvest before the fall rains begin. Fruit are generally 3-10 lbs, occasionally a jumbo 15 lb.

Open-pollinated. This rare western treasure, is a hero among winter squashes and is among the best for eating and storage quality. It has a thick tasty sweet orange flesh, superb for squash pie.

10 seed per pack.  

Acorn squash often are not fully ripe even when they attain full size and color. They continue to develop sugars until 45 days after pollination. Do not harvest until most of the fruits display an orange ground spot. Much of their reputation for watery, fibrous, inconsistent eating quality is probably the result of premature harvesting.

Cucurbita pepo

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: MCanbe direct-seeded or transplanted. Direct seeding: Sow 4 to 5 seeds per hill when the weather has warmed after danger of frost. Allow 4-6' 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 60-70% 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 70-90°, optimal temperature 85°. Days to maturity are from direct seeding.