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Winter Squash - Greek Sweet Red

$3.25

Expected to be back in stock by early March

Cucurbita moschata

HEIRLOOM - Fun for a larger garden! Beautiful, rampant vines make large fruits up to 3' long. Fruits store well and are filled with very sweet orange flesh that has an exceptional flavor. Dark tan skin with a slightly dusty finish and resistance to vine borers.

Avg. 25 seeds per 2 Gram Packet  

SMALL FARM GROWN by Madrona Seeds, Petersham, MA

Growing Information

Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
2001 oz150-200 lbs100
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost65-85°FFull SunFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSeeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed1"6"25
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
24-36"5-10Annual3-5 years

Planting Information

Site Selection

Winter squash is a frost sensitive annual that prefers full sun and fertile soil that is consistently moist, but well-drained. Choose an area with plenty of space for the sprawling vines.

Cultivation

Direct-seed outdoors once the danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures have warmed to at least 65˚ F for 2 weeks. Optimal soil temperatures for germination are 65-85˚F. Covering the area with black plastic can warm the soil and speed up the growing process. Plant seeds in hills (which warm quicker, drain better) or rows. Space hills 4-8' apart and plant 4-5 seeds ½-1" deep. Seeds will sprout in 5-10 days. When seedlings are 3-4" tall, thin by snipping to 2-3 plants per hill. In rows, plant seeds 6-8" apart with rows 4-5' apart. Thin seedlings in rows so mature plants are 18-36" apart. Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and reduce weeds.

If in an area with a short growing season, seeds can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date. Sow seeds in 2-3" pots. Transplant outdoors as you would direct seeding.

Harvest

Winter squash is typically ready for harvest in 90-115 days. Harvest winter squash in fall before frost, when the rind is a consistent deep color and very firm. If in doubt, open one before harvesting others. For some varieties, flavor will improve with storage.