Squash

Vegetables

Summary

Squash is the collective name given to several species of plant in the genus Cucurbita, including C. maxima, C. mixta , C. moschata and C. pepo, which are widely grown for their edible fruit. Squash plants are are herbaceous annual plants which are either trailing vines or bush-like in morphology. Vines generally have large, lobed leaves and long vines which can climb by attaching to surfaces with their tendrils. Bushes generally take up less space than the sprawling vine types and may have prickly leaves.

Description

Squash plants produce yellow or orange flowers and green, white or yellow fruit in a variety of shapes and sizes with smooth or ridged skin. Vining squash varieties can reach several meters in length and, as annuals, survive only one growing season.

Varieties

Buttercup, Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Honeybear


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Growing Tips

All members of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants that includes the squash species require a relatively long growing season and warm soil. For this reason, many gardeners in cooler planting regions will find it beneficial to start the seeds indoors as much as six weeks before the last spring frost. Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once the soil warms to 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Squash vines are sprawling and require plenty space to grow. Vines can be trained to grow on a trellis or fence.

Watering

Squash also require a continuous supply of water and where drip irrigation is not being used, plants should be watered deeply once per week, providing at least an inch of water. Shallow watering or watering less frequently encourages a shallow root system


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