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Growing winter squash Guide 
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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.


Quick Reference Guide

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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