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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 Dec 16, Mark (Australia - temperate climate)
My wife is Asian and she says it is ok to eat the plant itself. I know you can eat the flowers but I'm not so sure about the plant. Is it toxic or safe to eat?
17 Feb 17, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can eat pumpkin shoots and they are essentially the same plant, so I would think it's safe enough
18 Nov 16, warren white (Australia - temperate climate)
I've been eating my squash strait off the plant uncooked, thinly sliced on a vegemite sandwich. you really should try this!
11 May 16, KT (Australia - arid climate)
Can I grow spaghetti squash in Perth and where can I get some seeds please?
16 May 16, Bianca (Australia - temperate climate)
Join Share the Seed Australia or WA Seed Exchange on Facebook and ask on there. You will need to get them from someone already in WA because of our quarantine laws :)
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?
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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.

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