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Growing summer squash quick reference guide



Growing summer squash Guide

The growing summer squash quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing summer squash. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.

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Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Summer - Squash
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Cucurbitaceae, Genus - Cucurbita, Species - Cucurbita pepo
Plant Type Warm season - annual - fruiting vegetable
Frost Tolerance Very Tender
Planting Position Grow in full sun - Requires at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 4 years
Germination 9-12 days at 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Growing Temp 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Seed to Transplant 3 - 4 weeks
Planting Method Direct sow or Seedling transplants
When to Plant Spring
Time to Plant Wait until at least 2-3 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area and not before soil temperature are consistently 70 F (21 C) or above.
Seed Sowing Direct sowing summer squash seeds - 1 inches (25 mm) deep - in raised hills 4-5 seeds per hill 6-8 feet (180-240 cm) in all directions. In rows 2 seed 12 inches (30 cm) apart in rows 3-5 feet apart.
Plant Spacing Transplant or thin summer squash seedlings in hills to 2-3 strongest seedlings - Transplant or thin summer squash seedlings in rows to 1 per 3 feet (90 cm) apart in rows 3-5 feet (90-150 cm) apart.
Soil Conditions Well drained - High organic matter - Medium fertility
Fertilizer Medium fertilizer needs, 3-4 quarts per 100 sq feet (3.3-4.4 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before sowing or transplanting - when transplanting use liquid starter fertilizer - side-dress just as the vines start to run - finally as fruit begin to set.
Days to Harvest 50-65 days - depending on conditions and variety
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