Early Prolific Straight Neck

Cucurbita pepo

HEIRLOOM The most popular of straight neck squashes, this lemon yellow fruit has crisp, firm texture. Best when harvested 5-6" long.

By mid-summer, most gardeners are blessed with the problem of too much summer squash! These bushy plants are found in every garden, often volunteering to guard the compost pile with large spreading leaves. Summer squash are the same species as many winter squash but they are eaten at the immature stage, when the skin is still very delicate & tender. A farming trick to keep up a regular harvest and reduce disease pressure is to plant successions 3-4 weeks apart in different locations and pull out older plants mercilessly after 4-5 weeks of harvest. Otherwise they can become hosts to mildew, squash bugs, and vine borers. Nutrients: vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, folate, riboflavin and manganese.
SizePrice QtyPurchase
2 grams - Packet $ 2.50
1/4 oz $ 4.95
1/2 oz $ 7.50
1 oz $ 11.25
Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
250 1 oz 150-200 lbs 47
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 65-85°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed 1/2" 6" 25
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24" 5-10 Annual 3-4 years
Plant in full sun by direct seed after last frost or start indoors 2 weeks before last frost date and transplanted after the weather has thoroughly settled. It benefits from evenly moist soil and a ring of mulch around seedlings to keep weeds down and retain moisture before its large shading leaves take over the job. Can be planted in successions every 4 weeks for sustained harvest until frost. Plant Seeds: Direct seed 1/2" deep with 6" between seeds or start indoors with 2-3 seeds per 4" pot 2-3 weeks before last frost. Space 2-3' between rows. In mounds: Make a mounded hills spaced 3' apart with a crater in it for catching water and plant 6 seeds 1/2" deep about 5" apart. Thin each mound leaving the 3-4 strongest seedlings. Soil Temp: 65-85