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Growing Squash, also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P              

(Best months for growing Squash in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 70°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 24 - 31 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweet corn

Your comments and tips

04 Jan 16, Elizabeth nowaczek (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Is it possible to find seeds for pattypan squash in Canada? If so from where? Thanks! Have had them while in Australia!
17 Jan 16, Amanda (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
I ordered mine online from West Coast Seeds. If you live on the west coast you can also find them in many stores.
20 Oct 15, Chau (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi The squash is dropping off before it is fully grown. What might be the issue.. Thanks Chau
24 Oct 15, (Australia - temperate climate)
The fruit comes from the female flower and it needs to be pollinated by a male flower (much like people) for it to develop into a fruit that is then able to produce seeds and reproduce a new plant. check google for male/female flowers on squash, same applies for pumpkin, zucchini and cucumbers etc. early in the season the plant may not have both sets of flowers but as the plant develops it will. you can also hand pollinate. hope that helps.
10 Aug 15, barry hughes (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
what varieties of squash can be planted now in the brisbane region?
24 Jan 14, anthonecia (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Can I grow pattypan in febuary thank you
16 Jun 12, Monette (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
had some squash plants spring up in my garden (from compost maybe) plants grew beautifully had several male flowers but only a few female ones and never. is there any thing I need to do to get the plants to bear fruit
18 Jun 12, Erin (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Some squash need to be hand polinated, just google "hand pollinating squash." There are youtube vids that would explain better than I could in text alone. It's pretty easy, and it has worked for me.
13 Apr 12, Masha (Australia - temperate climate)
I chucked some seeds out in the backyard from a squash I'd bought, and about 3 months later the plant suddenly appeared. Now, another month orso later, it has some fruits on it and lots of flowers! Strange thing is, I never water my garden, and when I did start watering it (watermelons had also suddenly appeared out of nowhere) it nearly died :(
01 Jan 12, Robyn (Australia - tropical climate)
I have planted squash and they have been flowering well but when the flowers are finished the whole thing is falling off the stem including the bulb, almost like the stem is not strong enough for the flower. Some input would be much appreciated
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Hi Guys, I don’t know if this is the right forum for this, but, can some explain to me why a gem squash plant I have has produced so many flowers and yet not one has grown into a squash. I have seen the small squashes grow to about 1cm and then the little stalk starts to dry out and the squash falls off. I have it growing as a vine to keep it off my courtyard floor, is this part of or the problem,

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