- USDA hardiness zones:
- Full sun
This annual vine can easily be grown from seed. It is best grown in fertile, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained loams in full sun. Seeds may be planted outdoors when soil temperatures have risen to at least 65 degrees F., typically around the last spring frost date. Plant several seeds together in each planting site (seed hill) and thin later. Seed can also be started indoors about 3 weeks before the last spring frost date, with young plants set out after last frost date. Distance between individual plants and between rows varies depending on the variety and growing method. For vines that scramble along the ground, generally space seed hills about 3-5' apart. Fertilize well. Fruits resting on mulch, straw or boards resist rot.
Size and growth:
- 0.75 to 1.5 feet
- 10.0 to 12.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- July - August
- Pale to deep yellow
Edible fruit, Showy flowers, Showy fruit, Vegetable, Annual, and Yellow
Harvest as winter squash for culinary use. Young flowers, leaves, shoot tips and seeds are also edible.
Bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, blossom end rot, downy mildew and powdery mildew may appear. Potential insect pests include aphids, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, stink bugs, cutworms, pickleworm and squash vine boreres. Watch for mites. Spray for insects at night when bees (needed for cross-pollination) are less active.