Open bush plant with prolific yields of small bright yellow curved neck fruits. Best when picked small and tender. When left to fully mature, the outer skin will harden and turn bright orange, and the squash can be used as an ornamental.
Squash and pumpkins are frost sensitive, heat loving crops. They grow best on well drained, fertile soils with a pH between 6.0–7.5. Supply consistent moisture with drip irrigation to reduce mildew and other foliar diseases. For winter squash and pumpkins, reduce watering as fruits near maturity.
Squash are most commonly direct seeded, although transplanting is possible in short season areas. Optimum soil temperature for germination is 70–85°F, but seeds will germinate at temperatures as low as 60°F. Direct seed 2-3 weeks after the last spring frost when weather is warm and settled. Plant seed 1 inch deep, 3 seeds grouped together every 18–24 inches, allowing 24–36 inches between rows for squash; or 24–36 inches apart and 36–60 inches between rows for pumpkins. Thin to one plant per spot. To start indoors, fill 4 inch pots with a sterile seed staring mix. Plant 2 seeds per pot and thin to one plant by snipping off the weaker seedling at the soil level. Harden-off seedlings for 5–7 days prior to transplanting. Squash do not like having their roots disturbed, so transplant 3–4 week old seedlings outside carefully after the last frost.
Grown in Tennessee.
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Jun 2, 2022