Winter squash is a warm-season vegetable that can be
grown in most of the country. It differs from summer squash in
that it is harvested and eaten in the mature fruit stage, when
the seeds within have matured fully and the skin has hardened
into a tough rind. When ripened to this stage, fruits of most
varieties can be stored for use throughout the winter.
Winter Squash is a tender vegetable. The seeds do not
germinate in cold soil, and the seedlings are injured by frost.
Do not plant until all danger of frost is past and soil is
Spacing and Depth
The vining types of squash require at least 50 to 100 square
feet per hill. Plant seeds one inch deep (four or five seeds
per hill). Allow 5 to 6 feet between hills. When the young
plants are well-established, thin each hill to the best two or
three plants. Allow 7 to 12 feet between rows.
Plant semi-vining varieties one inch deep (four or five
seeds per hill) and thin to the best two plants per hill. Allow
8 feet between rows.
Plant bush varieties one inch deep (1 or 2 seeds per foot of
row) and thin to a single plant every three feet. Allow five
feet between rows.
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Winter Squash Recipes
1A442 Lakota ( Heirloom )
Sioux Indian heirloom, pear shape, flame orange with green streaks, 8 x 9", fine grain flesh, nutty taste, beautiful fall decoration, 95 days.
Lakota is as colorful as an Indian blanket with the fine baking quality of Hubbard.
You can store Lakota squash in a cool, dry place for three months or more after picking them. Leave about two inches of stem attached to the vegetables when you harvest them to prevent bacteria and mold spores from entering the stem end. Wash and dry the squash to remove excess soil and to prevent bringing pathogens into the storage area. The cut stem end will dry and form a "handle". Watch for scuffed places on the skin of the squash.
Scuffs and small scrapes will usually heal over by forming a pithy scab, which will keep bacteria out. If scrapes do not heal over, use those squash first so they don't spoil.
TRM816 Fairy Hybrid
This no-fuss winter squash variety boasts an early and prolific harvest, a long season, excellent disease and mildew resistance and perfect suitability for storing. The rich golden orange flesh has the dense texture of a potato.
The compact oval fruit grows to a convenient size and weight (roughly 2 lbs or 1.1 kg) and grows on a long vine with small leaves. The skin is a muted orange and variegated green alternating loosely in vertical stripes.
Very versatile, perfect for soups or pies or even stuffed. Roasted with olive oil and chestnuts, it complements other garden veggies in a yummy salad. Top with a ginger, garlic and sesame dressing. 90 days.
Since the Edo period of the early 1800s, this special Japanese pumpkin is one of the kyo yasai, or traditional vegetables in the Kyoto region. This kabocha squash is used in shojin ryori, a type of vegetarian cooking prepared by Buddhist priests. The fruit skin is distinctly ribbed and warted and ripe when the skin turns light brown. The flesh is a delicate light yellow color. 110 days.
An early maturing and disease resistant high producer, this large Japanese pumpkin has uniform 2 lb. fruits. Dark, textured, shiny green skin with 17 to 20 slits, covers flavorful and sweet, dark yellow flesh. Popular with Japanese caterers, professional chefs, and the gourmet food industry. 65 days.
SF143 Lunga di Napoli Italian Winter Squash
A delicious long storage squash can easily reach 40 pounds or more! This butternut shaped squash is 2 feet long when mature. The fruit has green skin with grey streaks. The sweet orange flesh has few seeds and is delicious in soups or baked and served in slices. Fruit stores for a long time. 105-110 days.
SF115 Taiwan Honey Hybrid Winter Squash
Taiwan Honey is a new hybrid variety developed from the well-known high quality squash in Taiwan. The plant is very vigorous and strong branching for setting lots of fruits in warm climates.
This variety starts to have female flowers in 12-15th notes. Young fruits are in light green color, then become deep green and later in golden skin with white stripes when matured. Thick flesh, in golden red color, is very sweet and tasty. First fruit can be harvested 60 days after transplanting.
IP118 Angel Hair Personal Sized Spaghetti Squash
(1.5-2 lbs.) This is a personal size Spaghetti Squash weighing only 1-1/2 to 2 pounds and making only 1-2 servings. It is sweet and flavorful. The fruit are egg shaped with a sunshine yellow color when ripe. Produces prolific yields of fruits, tolerates powdery mildew race 2, and has a long storage life. 88 days.
NB06 Honey Bear Acorn
Acorn, AAS, Personal size under 1 lb, round, green, ribbed, yummy taste, compact, resists mildew, fine for patio, 95 days.
1A362 Japanese Kikuza
Japanese heirloom, light orange ribbed rind, thick juicy spicy, tender flesh, 5 lb, great baked or roasted, 92 days.
JF289 Japanese Kabocha Squash Hybrid Naguri
81 days. Cucurbita pepo. (F1) Plant produces high yields of 3 lb dark green globe shaped squash with pale green stripes. The orange-yellow flesh has a sweet and nutty flavor. Kabocha squash is an important vegetable in Japan and is very popular in the Oriental supermarkets on the West Coast. An excellent storage variety. Also know as Naguri Squash. A winter squash variety. Disease Resistant.
1A366 Tahitian Butternut
Butternut shape, elongated neck, light golden orange skin, sweet flesh, high yield, raw or baked, 110 days.
Elongated 8" long, cream with dark stripes, sweet, stores well, great for stuffing/baking, 100 days.
1A364 Waltham Butternut
Butternut, uniform large 5 lb, productive, very long storage potential, tan skin, 100 days.
3442 Heart of Gold
Acorn, cream with green stripes, orange flesh, 3 lbs, semi-bush, very tasty, 85 days.
3443 Tivoli Bush Spaghetti
F1 First bush spaghetti, 6 x 10", smooth pale yellow, compact short vines, creamy flesh, high yield, 98 days.
2007 Stripetti: Striped Vegetable Spaghetti
A Striped Vegetable Spaghetti with better flavor! A cross
between spaghetti squash and delicata, the threads in this
squash are softer and more mild, with more corn-like flavor
than the usual spaghetti variety. The skin color of Stripetti
F1 changes to indicate ripeness. Fruit are very hard, giving
long shelf life and good shipping. Good keeper. Cook whole in
boiling water for 30 minutes or microwave. Good with pasta
G160 Spaghetti Squash
maturing winter squash producing 4-5 lb fruits. Bake in oven,
split open and remove the "spaghetti" and top with your
favorite sauce, delicious!
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TRM444 Georgia Candy Roaster
Much like the Banana squash, but these get even bigger, up to
60 lbs! The long cylindrical fruit has thin pink skin and
delicious orange flesh, is perfect for baking and pies. This
heirloom is productive and it keeps well! These are very
1A353 Chicago Warted Hubbard
Dark green Hubbard shape, 10 x 12", 14 lbs, covered with heavy warts, thick gold flesh, dry, sweet, keeps well, 105 days.