Squash Seeds - Winter

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Bon Bon Hybrid Squash Seeds (Winter Type) AAS Winner 2004. A classic buttercup squash with smooth, deep green skin; rich, sweet orange flesh and great taste! Fruits average 2 kg (5 lbs) on vigorous but shorter 2.5 m (8′) vines. More uniform taste and better production than other Buttercup varieties. Excellent holding quality in storage! Smaller vines make ‘Bon Bon’ an excellent choice for small or crowded gardens. And when it comes to more gardening in less space, this squash is an excellent candidate for growing up a trellis.

Burgess Buttercup Squash Seeds (Winter Type) Heritage Vegetable. Smaller fruit 1.5-2.0 kg (3.3-4.4 lbs) in weight with thick, fibreless, orange, sweet tasting flesh is the trademark of this variety. The skin is dark green with narrow grey stripes and slight mottling. Strong growing vines that varies in shape. It seems growing conditions sometimes produce boxy shaped fruits and at other times they can be similar in shape to an acorn. An interesting looking, very richly flavoured squash. Introduced some time around 1930.

Delicata Squash Seeds (Sweet Potato Type) Heirloom Vegetable. Short vines produce fruit about 15-20 cm (6-8″) long and 9 cm (3.5″) in diameter that are cream coloured with attractive thin green stripes. Unlike most of the winter squash, Delicata has a thin edible skin so no peeling is required before eating! This unique looking squash has very sweet orange flesh and is excellent for stuffing and baking. A good winter keeper.  C. pepo. Try Delicata squash seeds for a mild tasting, thin-skinned, delicate squash. The smallish 15 x 8cm (6 x 3") fruits on this sometimes sprawling plant will store well for months after harvesting. Sweet and lovely. Delicata squash fruits are oblong and creamy white, striped with green bands. They have a very sweet, appealing flavour that people frequently compare with sweet potatoes. Allow the fruits to ripen fully on the vines, but harvest before frost. Give each fruit a wipe with a weak bleach solution, and then store in a cool, dry place and enjoy the squash all winter long.

Green Hubbard Squash Seeds (Winter Type) Heritage Vegetable. The wild ancestor of the Hubbard squash is alleged to have originated from South American locations where summers are similar to southern Ontario. Tough, slightly warted fruits have a bronze-green rind. The large fruits average 30 cm (12″) long by 20 cm (8″) wide. The flesh is orange-yellow, very thick, dry and nicely sweet. This squash needs lots of space as the vines are lengthy and fruit are large. Benefits from straw mulch to protect fruit from contact with soil. Remedy drought stress by under foliage watering especially while fruit is growing. Avoid wetting foliage as much as possible. Introduced in the late 1790’s.

Marina de Chioggia Squash Seeds (Winter Type) Heirloom Vegetable. Large, grey-green bumpy turbans weigh 4.5 kg (10 lb) on average. Very tasty, dry-type, orange-yellow flesh. Delicious baked, in soup, “gnocchis à la parisienne”, or in pies. If properly cured, it is said these squash will store for two to three years. Also known as the “sea pumpkin.”

Sunshine Hybrid Squash Seeds (Kobacha Winter Type) Bright orange-red skin and thick, sweet, nutty flesh that’s smooth and stringless no matter how you prepare it! Produces 1.5-2 kg (3-4.4 lb.) oblate (slightly flattened) fruits on vigorous, compact vines. Stores well.

Table Queen Squash Seeds (Winter Type) Heirloom Vegetable. Introduced in 1913, Table Queen Squash is an early cropping variety producing acorn shaped fruits roughly 15 cm (6″) in diameter. The hard, dark green shell hides pale yellow, exceedingly sweet flesh whose taste rivals that of the sweet potato! Sow seed directly into the garden when soil temperatures exceed 30 C (86 F). Very warm soil temperatures increase germination speed and prevent seed rot. Some gardeners report success with seed sown indoors with bottom heat. Only transplant to the garden when soil temperatures are above 15 C (60 F). This squash is an excellent keeper!

Total Eclipse Hybrid Scallop Squash Seeds Prolific, pie-shaped scallopini squash. Dark green fruits 10 x 5 cm (4 x 2”) size with pure white flesh and delicious flavor. Open, upright plants with hybrid vigour.

Waltham Butternut Squash Seeds (Winter Type) Heirloom Vegetable. An excellent squash, weighing on average 1.5-2.3 kg (3.5-5 lbs). Creamy-yellow coloured fruit has a small seed cavity and a bulbous end with solid, smooth skin and deep orange flesh. A large, vigorous growing vine and heavy producer. The already great taste will improve with storage.

How to Grow

10-12 seed/gram Squash are a hot weather crop. They need full sun and deep, rich, well drained, organic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Before planting, work in lots of compost. Directly plant seed outdoors from late May to mid June 2.5 cm (1″) deep in hills 2.4 m (8′) apart with 4-6 seeds per hill. After germination, thin to 3 plants per hill. Seed can be started indoors 3 weeks before the plant out date. Squash do not transplant well–use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly in the soil. Protect mature squash from frost and cold temperatures.