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Cucurbita pepo

Squash

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Features

  • BloomsJune to July
  • Height0.6m to 2m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Cucurbita pepo (Squash). This species of vegetable will produce long fruits with rather tender skins; they are usually green or yellow.

Characteristics

Annual, Vegetable or Climber

Origin

Tropical America.

Interest and use

Culinary, vegetable, food

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Watering the roots only will aid in the prevention of disease. It is a good idea to place your fruits on a bed of straw or a ceramic tile to prevent rotting, and this will provide some protection from pests. You can harvest the fruits when they are small, about 4-6inches, for the best flavour. This crop has an minimum optimum growing temperature of 17C and a maximum optimum growing temperature of 30C. Harvesting may start in mid summer and may end in early autumn. Fairly difficult to grow. The squashes are relatively easy to grow as long as you have fertile soil and plenty of sun.

Propagation

Sow seeds from early spring to late summer; in cold climates sow indoors in early summer, watering all seedlings well before planting. They do best planted on raised mounds of soil mixed with well rotted compost and manure.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs/snails, bad drainage too much pruning.

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