Cucurbita

Crookneck Squash

One of the easiest vegetables to grow, Squash are rich in vitamin C and are delicious when steamed, stuffed, grilled, baked or stir-fried. These sun lovers cannot survive frost, but do well in most other climates and soils. Varieties include Acorn, Butternut and Spaghetti Squash. Grow on vines. In small spaces or containers, plant bush or dwarf types. Where vines need 2 to 3 feet of space, bush types need about 1 square foot per plant. Vines can be trained on a trellis or over fences. Generally, 2 to 3 bushes or 4 to 6 vines produce enough squash for four people. Transplant 2 to 3 seedlings or sow seed in hills or mounds after soil has warmed in spring. Give plenty of water, especially plants in containers. Avoid overhead watering to discourage mildew, or plant resistant varieties. Harvest in fall when skins are hard and resist scratching by a thumbnail. From seed, they are ready for harvest in 85 to 100 days. Store with or without refrigeration.
Cucurbita, Crookneck Squash
All the many varieties of these golden-yellow summer veggies have a curved or 'crooked' neck where they attach to the plant. Grow to 9 inches long, but harvest when young and tender. Young leaves, shoot tips and flowers are also edible. Prefer low nitrogen soil. Will not tolerate frost.

Attributes - Cucurbita

Plant Type: Vegetable

Height: 1 ft. 6 in. to 3 ft.

Width: 5 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Edible. Susceptible to Beetles, Black Spot, Damping-off, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot.

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Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita moschata 'Butternut', Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita pepo 'Acorn'
 
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