Dark green, glossy fruit on single-stemmed plants with great vigor in our trials. Bred for vigorous, productive plants that establish easily without irrigation.
Summer squashes (Cucurbita pepo) are warm-season annuals in the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes cucumbers, melons, winter squash, and gourds.
Plants need loose, fertile, well drained soil with plenty of nitrogen and a pH 5.8-6.8. Fertilize seedlings with fish emulsion if leaves yellow.
Best quality fruit are harvested at 5 – 8” or smaller, while skin is soft and somewhat glossy. Harvest fruits every other day to for best size and quality and to maintain plants’ productivity.
Fruits are very perishable, but will store 3 to 4 days at 35 - 40ºF and 90% relative humidity.
Bury or compost plant residues at the end of the season.
Powdery mildew can be checked by providing good air circulation. Give plants wide spacing and eliminate weeds, especially milkweed, marshcress and yellow rocket. Choose resistant varieties.
Fruit rots such as anthracnose, scab, and fusarium fruit rot are common under wet conditions. Space plants apart, avoid wetting foliage and water early in the day so that leaves can dry.
Grown using organic heirloom open pollinated seed, no sprays, no chemicals in organic nutrient rich soil with gypsum, volcanic rock, minerals and compost in trays. No blood and bone no fish.