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Growing winter squash quick reference guide



Growing winter squash Guide

The growing winter squash quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing winter 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 Winter - Squash
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Cucurbitaceae, Genus - Cucurbita, Species - C. maxima
Plant Type Warm season - annual - fruiting vegetable
Frost Tolerance 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 60-90 F (16-32 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 1-2 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area but not before soil temperature are consistently 60 F (16 C) or above.
Seed Sowing All seeds sown one inch (25mm) deep
Vine types-sow seeds 4-5 seeds per hill. 5-6 feet (150-180 cm) between hills. 10-12 feet (3-3 1/2 M) between rows.
Semi-vine types-sow seeds 4-5 seeds per hill. 3 feet (90 cm) between hills. 8 feet ( 2 1/2 M) between rows.
Bush types-sow seeds 1-2 seeds per foot (30 cm) of row. 4-5 feet (120-150 cm) between rows.
Plant Spacing Vine types - Transplant 4-5 plants per hill. Thin each hill to strongest 2-3 plants.
Semi-vine types - Transplant 4-5 plants per hill. Thin each hill to strongest 2-3 plants.
Bush types - Transplant 1plant per foot (30 cm). Thin to 1strongest plant every 3 feet (1 M) of row.
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 80-140 days - depending on conditions and variety
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