Delicata (Sweet Potato Squash)

Latin Name: Cucurbita pepo

Item #: 294

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100 Days



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100 days. Fruits are cream colored, striped with dark green and long keeping. Pkt. contains 25 seeds.
100 days. A small winter variety bearing oblong fruits, 6-8 in/15-20 cm in length and 3 in/9 cm in diameter. Fruits are cream colored, striped with dark green and long keeping. Pkt. contains 25 seeds.

WINTER STORAGE SQUASH - for fresh market & processing

Seed size varies according to type, see below.

CULTURE: Sow all types of winter squash, outdoors June 1st. when the soil temp. has reached 60-65°F/16-18°C temps. during the day. Earlier sowings in cooler ground, should be treated to prevent seed rot. Seed size varies: Large seeded types like hubbards require 3-4 lbs/1.5-2 kg per acre. Small seeded varieties like butternut require 1.5-2 lbs/0.8 kg per acre.

SPACING: Large vine types, should be planted in rows 9 - 10 ft/2.7 - 3 m apart. Small and bush types require rows 6 - 8 ft./2 - 2.4 m apart. Space plants 4 ft/122 cm apart in the rows for both types. Sow @ 4 - 5 seeds per ft./31 cm or in hills or groups of seed @ 6 seeds per hill, 4 ft/122 cm apart. Sow seed 1/2 in./ 13 mm deep, cover and firm.

CULTIVATE: Keep plants well cultivated, fairly shallow as long as possible without injuring the vines.

FERTILIZE: Disc into the top soil @ 600 lbs/272 kg of 6-24-24 per acre before seeding in early May.

HARVEST: Winter squash should be allowed to ripen thoroughly in the field. Winter squash must be picked before your first frost and cured for 10 days or 2 weeks before storing. Curing hardens the outer skin, reduces high water content and improves eating quality.

CURING: Pile fruit in the field for 2 weeks during dry weather, before frosts - or keep fruit inside at room temp. of 80°F/27°C and 80% relative humidity for 4 weeks.

STORAGE: Squash require a warm dry condition for storage. Handle fruit carefully to prevent bruising, leave a small space between fruit in single layers. Maintain a temp. of 60°F/16°C degrees and relative humidity of 70%

FREEZING: Cut into chunks, peel, cook until soft in a little water. Mash, cool, pack and quick freeze.


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