Spaghetti Squash

Cucurbita pepo
Vegetable Spaghetti (88 days)

  • This squash is said to have originated in the 1890s, but the first reference in any U.S. catalog I can find is 1937.  (still searching…)
  • This squash gets its name from the spaghetti like strands that come out of it once cooked.
  • Spaghetti squash is from Japan, but leave it up to Americans to think of putting butter or sauce on it to create a healthy spaghetti like meal.
  • Vegetable Spaghetti produces nice yields of cylindrical shaped squash. The creamy colored squash is a sure hit with kids that won’t eat their veggies.
  • Vegetable Spaghetti Squash grow on vigorous spreading vines with fruits weighing up to 7 lbs.
  • Vegetable Spaghetti Squash is a great keeper storing as long as 4 months.
Seed Planting Depth Seeds per ounce Germination Temperature Days to Germination Row Spacing Plant Spacing 100′ Row Yield Sun
1″ 90-110 70-85 3-10 48″ 24-36″ 100 lb. Full

Planting Tips For Heirloom Winter Squash Seeds:

Heirloom winter squash don’t mind the heat as much as their name implies.  Only plant once the soil temperature warms to at least 70 degrees and keep in mind that most heirloom varieties of winter squash take 110 days to mature.  So be sure to leave enough time to allow them to fully develop.

Plant 3-6 heirloom squash seeds per hill.  Once they have shown true leaves and grown in size, you should thin out to the 3 strongest plants.  Remember, harvest these winter squash continually in order to keep the plant producing.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Winter Squash:

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture – not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.

(source: Sustainable Seed Company)


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