Sweet Dumpling Winter Squash Seed
Sweet dumpling squash is similar in shape to the acorn squash but have ivory skin with dark green stripes. (100 days). The flesh is very sweet, and tender when roasted or baked. The shape of sweet dumpling squash makes them good for stuffing.
Like other winter squashes, sweet dumpling squash stores well in a cool, dry environment for long periods. All winter squash is high in vitamins and minerals and a good source of beta carotene and iron. Sweet dumpling squash can be peeled, but their shape makes them easier to roast whole and stuff or scoop out the soft flesh.
Small, 4" diameter, teacup-shaped fruits average 3/4-1 lb. It has the ivory color and dark green stripes of a Delicata, but in a round, flat-topped shape and dainty, single-serving size. Medium length vines. Avg. yield: 8-10 fruits/plant.
30+ seed per pack. 93% germination.
Acorn squash often is 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.
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 4-6' 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.