Growing Squash, also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash

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

(Best months for growing Squash in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings 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 21°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 60 - 80 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweet corn
  • Mother Hubbard squash
  • Pattypan squash

Start in individual pots then transfer when all risk of frost is past. For succession, later plantings can be straight into the ground. Fast maturing squash varieties for summer growing. Not suitable to store like pumpkins. Usually grown to pick when young and used without removing rind or seeds.

Zucchini/courgette (see under Z) is also a variety of squash

Protect from frost. Water well. Grow on well mulched, raised area. Shelter from strong winds.

A spray with a 5gm/teasp Bicarbonate of Soda in 600ml/pint of water will help slow powdery mildew when it appears.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Squash

Use whole or sliced. Steam or fry.

Your comments and tips

02 Nov 20, LORRAINE (Australia - temperate climate)
I have read article on planting the 3 companion plants together..have planted sweet corn & French runner beans & looking for a suggestion for something climbing for trellis behind Don't particularly like squash..
03 Nov 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
My suggestion is plant them in separate areas, all three that is. I have just harvested a block of corn, there is no way I could have planted climbing beans amongst them. You would have to thin out the corn planting therefore effecting the pollination ability of the corn. Do you want small thin cobs of corn. I feel you would end up with a poor crop of each vegetable. Corn needs fertilising, beans don't need much, conflict.
02 Oct 20, Mrs W (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am growing squash at the moment, but flowers grow then bud ( squash) grow then fall off when really tiny. First year this has happened. Grew plenty last year. Is it the extra heat we are having here in QLD? Is it because they are now growing on trellis? Last year just left on the garden bed similar to pumpkin.
04 Oct 20, Bruce (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, The unpollinated will fall off when small. Maybe increase your flower plants around them to encourage bees or do a little pollinating yourself with a cotton bud. Hope this helps
23 Apr 20, Robyn Bartlett (Australia - tropical climate)
How do you know when to harvest patty pan squash? I have lots of small squash, some vibrant yellow, and other still pale. Some small ones are starting to just fall off and flowers on others are dying. Help please! It looked like this was going to be a bumper crop!!
24 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
Most squash are picked when they are small. Look up the internet and have a look. If you like small ones about 40mm and up to 50-60mm for larger. If they are not pollinated they will just shrivel up and die. Read up about pollination.
15 Apr 18, Zenobia Strijdom (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I recently purchased gem squash seeds. I live in Townsville and was just wondering when would be a good time to plant them?
16 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
Seeing they are a squash I would presume you follow the guidelines for them. You are tropical zone and it says plant from April to Sept. Generally wait until the heavy summer rain season has eased off. I good idea is to look up when to grow something before buying the seeds / seedlings.
15 Apr 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you follow the planting guide for zucchini/courgette for your zone, you should be successful
10 Feb 18, Bernadette (Australia - temperate climate)
Will Table Queen Acorn squash grow in the Riverina? If so, what time planting? TIA
Showing 1 - 10 of 43 comments

Ask a question or post a comment or advice about Squash

Please provide your email address if you are hoping for a reply

All comments are reviewed before displaying on the site, so your posting will not appear immediately

Gardenate App

Put Gardenate in your pocket. Get our app for iPhone, iPad or Android to add your own plants and record your plantings and harvests

Planting Reminders

Join our 60,000+ gardeners who already use Gardenate and subscribe to the free Gardenate planting reminders email newsletter.

Home | Vegetables and herbs to plant | Climate zones | About Gardenate | Contact us | Privacy Policy

This planting guide is a general reference intended for home gardeners. We recommend that you take into account your local conditions in making planting decisions. Gardenate is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department. The information on this site is presented in good faith, but we take no responsibility as to the accuracy of the information provided.
We cannot help if you are overrun by giant slugs.