Cucurbita maxima, C. moschata, C. pepo
18 to 36 inches
3 to 15 feet
Mid to late summer: yellow, edible
Many shapes, colors and sizes including acorn, spaghetti, hubbard, turban and butternut
Moist, well-drained, warm
Planting and Care
Squash germinate best in warm soil temperatures of 70 F to 105 F.
Begin sowing when the soil has warmed to at least 70 F and all danger of frost has passed.
VINING: Sow 4 to 5 seeds per hill at a depth of 1 inch. Space hills 5 to 6 feet apart in rows 7 to 12 feet apart. Thin to 2 or 3 plants per hill.
SEMI-VINING: Sow 4 to 5 seeds per hill at a depth of 1 inch. Space hills 5 to 6 feet apart in rows 8 feet apart. Thin to 2 plants per hill.
BUSH: Sow 1 to 2 seeds per foot of row at a depth of 1 inch. Space rows 5 feet apart. Thin to 1 plant every 3 feet of row.
Mulch the soil to suppress weeds and retail soil moisture.
Mounding some soil around the base of the plants will help discourage squash vine borers from laying eggs.
Squash bug, squash vine borer, striped cucumber beetle, bacterial wilt, powdery mildew, viral disease, scab
Varieties to Consider
Tay-Belle - acorn type, semi-bush, dark green fruit
Pasta - yellowish cream fruit with good flavor
Emerald Bush Buttercup - bush type
Harvest winter squash when the rind is firm, glossy and the portion touching the soil has changed from cream to orange.