Uncle Davids Dakota Dessert Buttercup Winter Squash Seed
Uncle Davids Dakota Dessert Buttercup Winter squash seed is open pollinated. David Podoll calls this strain “the original buttercup.” It has been in his family for 70 years. They’ve been selecting it for 40 years, crossing it with hubbards and other maximas, primarily for color, taste, sweetness, and vigor and hardiness in cold weather, but also for thick flesh, small seed cavities, and higher productivity.
The Podoll family bake it into pies without using any other sweetener. Also a versatile main-dish squash, with all the character that makes buttercup a New England favorite. It has a thick, dry flesh, small seed cavity, and loads of taste. 3-5 lb fruits on trailing vines.
20 seeds per pack.
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 to 5 seeds per hill when 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.