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Planting - Winter Squash





Planting Information




Seeding Rate Per Foot 4 to 6 seeds per hill2 to 3 seeds per foot in rows
Seeds Per Ounce 120 to 400
Space Between Plants Vining types: 36"
Planting Depth 1"
Plant Height Medium
Plant Types Winter Squash, Bush or Vine Misc Varieties
Favorite Varieties

Vining Winter Squash: Buttercup, Waltham Butternut, Pink Banana Jumbo, Sweet Mama, Sweet Meat, Hubbard

Bush Winter Squash: Early Butternut, Burpee's Butterbush, Bush Buttercup, Cream of the Crop, Tivoli (spaghetti)

Misc: Vegetable Spaghetti, Turban, Edible Gourds

Seed Viability (Years) 4 years
Seed Germination 3 to 5 days at 70 to 80
Germination Time 3 to 5 days at 70 to 80


Planting Instructions



Plant squash in well-drained aerated soil.

Plant 4 to 5 seeds in hills 4' to 6' apart in rows up to 10' apart. (see seed packet for exact spacing of variety.) Thin to the 3 healthiest plants in each hill.

In rows, plant 2 to 3 seeds per foot but thin to one squash for every 2' feet when true leaves begin to emerge. Place rows about 6' apart.

Squash can be planted indoors in potting soil about three weeks prior to the date of last frost. Put one seed per pot and place in full sun or under fluorescent lights. Squash should be hardened off outdoors before being transplanted in the ground. Squash should not be allowed to grow too large in pots before transplanting as plant will suffer setback when transplanted and growth will be slowed or stunted.

 

 

Winter Squash

Tips

Insects, particularly honeybees, pollinate these plants. If they are not available the plants may not set fruit due to lack of pollination. Insufficient pollination sometimes results in deformed fruits.

 

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