Spaghetti Squash Seed
(C. pepo) (88 days) This is the popular heirloom squash with stringy flesh that is used like spaghetti. Introduced by Sakata Seed Co. of Japan in 1934. May have originated in China.
We planted two plants in mid July and began harvesting in mid-September. Spread widely and very productive of 3.5-6.0 lb fruits. Ready when lemon yellow on top, in our case about 5 weeks after fruit set.
Some powdery mildew.problems in late season but effectively treated with a 30/70 milk/water mixture sprayed on plants.
Cooked in crockpot on high at high for 2.5-3 hrs and poked with fork to make sure when finished (goes in easily). We kept fruits last year for 4 months in a cool basement without any losses. A wonderful plant to have in any garden!
30 seeds per pack. Packed for 2017. Lot #381. 92% germination.
Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Sow in hills 4' apart, 5 seeds/hill. Thin to 2?3 best plants. Floating row covers, especially when used in low tunnels, provide extra heat and can hasten maturity by 1 to 2 weeks.
Male blossoms typically precede females by about a week. Females have a bulge at the base of the blossom, an early stage of the fruit forming. In early summer, a combination of cool, cloudy weather and declining bee populations may result in poor pollination causing low yields.
Mites and colony collapse disorder have wiped out a high percentage of wild and domesticated honeybee colonies in the last 20 years, creating a real crisis for cucurbit growers. Don?t leave oversized squash on the vines. It shuts down production.
Make succession plantings to ensure harvest through the entire frost-free season, insurance against powdery mildew and other diseases tiring old plants. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal temperature range 70?90°, optimal temperature 85°.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.
Taste: Unless you want to stuff them, for best flavor pick squash when they are small. Squash blossoms are a delicacy. Harvest male blossoms when fully open for salads or stuffing. Don't pick them all at once because you may not get squash at all!
Pests & Diseases: To combat squash bugs without using pyrethrum or neem: Protect young plants with row covers. Striped cucumber beetles and squash bugs overwinter in squash residues so burn or haul these away at season?s end rather than cold composting them. By hand-picking them in June and July, I reduced an endemic problem and almost completely eliminated squash bug damage.
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