Squash - Reno Acorn (Cucurbita pepo var. turbinata) Classic Acorn Shaped Winter Squash Vegetable - Organic, Non-GMO
An F1 Hybrid...but we have to include it! Reno Acorn squash, is a classic acorn shaped squash, dark green in color with distinctive outer ridges, and a sweet nutty flavored golden orange flesh inside that is finely textured. The plants produce strong, single-stemmed bush plants that are highly productive
Reno plants flower earlier in the year than other varieties, so there is potential for a longer harvest. Companion planting with lots of pollinator flowers (bees) close by will ensure that every female blossom has the potential for setting fruit.
Acorn squash plants are heavy feeders; plants require rich soil and fed regularly with a good all-purpose fertilizer.
- Full sun
- Soil: well-draining
- Matures in 75 days
- Start seeds indoors in the few couple of weeks of May, ideally three to four weeks before the last frost in spring. Sow seed ½ to 1 inch (1.3-2.5 cm) deep. Germination occurs anywhere from 7-14 days. Transplant when seedlings are strong enough to handle and when all risk of frost has passed and soil is warm.
- Direct sow in late spring and when all risk of frost has passed. When growing acorn squash, plant five or six seeds per hill, when the soil temperature is 60 F. (15 C.) and all danger of frost is past
- Seeds need warmth to germinate and the plants are extremely frost tender. These vines prefer temperatures between 70 and 90 F. Spacing: space 45-60 cm (18-24″) apart in rows 90-120 cm (36-48″) apart.
- Avoid planting root crops, such as beets, onions, and potatoes, near squash, as these plants may disturb sensitive squash roots when harvested.
- Containers: Acorn squash can be grown in a container for one single acorn squash plant; roots are relatively shallow, best to choose a wide planter that is about 12 (30 cm) deep.
- Ripened acorn squash turns dark green and the part in contact with the ground will turn from yellow to orange. In addition to color, the skin of acorn squash will become hard.
- Harvesting for seeds: allow the squash to ripen until it's almost but not quite rotting. Then be sure to separate the flesh from the seeds; allow seeds to dry before planting. Select the largest, most mature seeds to plant.
- Seed Count: 5