Winter Squash Seeds

Useful gardening infomation

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 thoroughly warmed.

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.

Informative articles found on the web:

Growing Winter Squash
Winter Squash Recipes
Seeds
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.
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
TRM524 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.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM664 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 fleash, in golden red color, is very sweet and tasty. First fruit can be harvested 60 days after transplanting.
 5 seeds $2.95
JF347 Kamo Kamo ( New Zealand Squash )
Kamo kamo ( also called Kumi kumi ) is a squash found primarily in New Zealand, where it was one of the traditional foods of the Maori people. It is ribbed, with thick skin, like a pumpkin, and speckled green.
This delicious squash has become rare even in New Zealand. It is well worth popularizing, for its delicious nutty flavor, and for its versatility as both summer and winter squash.
As a mature fruit, Kamo Kamo has a hard skin that will preserve the flesh for over a year if properly stored.
We found these suggestions for using Kamo Kamo on the web:
As a squash, kamo kamo can be used in similar ways to pumpkin. Try boiling it with potatoes and mashing with butter and salt and pepper. It can also be braised, by sautéing with onion, garlic and herbs and adding red or white wine (or a stock of your choice).
It also works well as a sweet and sour vegetable - pan fry slices of kamo kamo until caramelised, remove the vegetable and deglaze the pan with wine vinegar. Add honey, and seasoning to taste until you have a smooth sauce, and add the kamo kamo back in.
  5 seeds per pack $2.95
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.
  10 seeds per package $2.95
IP125 Unique F1 Personal Sized Spaghetti Squash
(1.3 lb.) This personal size squash is sweet and nutty. It turns yellow-orange when ripe and has deep orange flesh. The vines are semi-bush and very prolific. This squash is for farmers and home gardens. Tolerant to PM Race 2. 85 days.
  10 seeds per package $2.95
NB06 Honey Bear Acorn
Acorn, AAS, Personal size under 1 lb, round, green, ribbed, yummy taste, compact, resists mildew, fine for patio, 95 days.
  10 seeds $2.25
1A362 Japanese Kikuza
Japanese heirloom, light orange ribbed rind, thick juicy spicy, tender flesh, 5 lb, great baked or roasted, 92 days.
  $2.75 per pack of 10 seeds.
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.
  $2.95 per pack ( 5 seeds per pack )
1A366 Tahitian Butternut
Butternut shape, elongated neck, light golden orange skin, sweet flesh, high yield, raw or baked, 110 days.
  $2.75 per pack of 10 seeds.
1A363 Delicata
Elongated 8" long, cream with dark stripes, sweet, stores well, great for stuffing/baking, 100 days.
  $2.75 per pack of 10 seeds.
1A364 Waltham Butternut
Butternut, uniform large 5 lb, productive, very long storage potential, tan skin, 100 days.
  $2.75 per pack of 10 seeds.
3442 Heart of Gold
Acorn, cream with green stripes, orange flesh, 3 lbs, semi-bush, very tasty, 85 days.
  $2.25 per pack of 5 seeds.
3443 Tivoli Bush Spaghetti
F1 First bush spaghetti, 6 x 10", smooth pale yellow, compact short vines, creamy flesh, high yield, 98 days.
  $2.25 per pack of 5 seeds.
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 sauce.
  $2.25 per pack of 10 seeds.
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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1A203 Golden Hubbard
Introduced by D. M. Ferry in 1898. Typical hard-skinned hubbard, but the shell color is a beautiful deep orange. Fruits weigh from 8-12 pounds and have thick dry sweet fine-grained golden-yellow flesh. Great keeper. 90-100 days. Seeds from SSE.
  $1.95 per pack of 10 seeds.
1A205 Queensland Blue
Beautiful variety of winter squash procured from Australia in 1932. Blue skin is deeply ribbed all around the sides, but flat on the top and bottom. Fruits weigh 12-20 pounds when fully mature. Flesh is thick and dense, semi-sweet, very flavorful and of the best quality. Excellent variety for extended winter storage. 100-120 days.
  $1.95 per pack of 10 seeds.
JF442 Buffy Hybrid
Buffy is mini winter squash with long lasting shelf life of 6-8 months if not longer. Nice white to beige coloring. Trailing vine habit, extremely high quality flesh that is high sugary type. Ornamental or edible usage is perfect for this pint size squash. Powdery Mildew Races 1 & 2, Podi Virus. 75 days.
  10 seeds $2.95
1A352 Sweet Meat
Heirloom, vigorous vine, 10 lb fruit, hard shell, orange flesh, sweet, dry, fine grain, 100 days.
  $1.95 per pack of 10 seeds.
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.
  $1.95 per pack of 10 seeds.
1A208 Tennessee Sweet Potato
First listed in 1847 by New York seedsman Grant Thorburn as Green Striped Bell and most likely re-named by Burpee in 1883 to Tennessee Sweet Potato. Poor eating qualities, 10-20 pound fruits are best for extremely long-lasting decorations. Does well in cooler weather. 95-100 days.
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