Squash - Delicata (Cucurbita pepo) Winter Sweet Potato Squash Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable
Delicata is one of the most popular heirloom squash, and is one of the finest winter squashes you can grow; produces 7-9 in long x 4 in wide (1.5 - 2 lb) cream-colored, oblong shaped fruit with dark green longitudinal stripes and flecks. Fruits have fine-textured, light orange flesh that is absolutely delicious reminiscent of sweet potatoes.
This is one of the tastier winter vine squashes with creamy flesh tastes like sweet potatoes. This is where the other name, 'Sweet Potato Squash" originates and is a good source of fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. This makes it a good candidate for digestion and blood health.
- Full Sun
- Matures in 80-100 days.
- Direct sow seeds directly into the ground when temperatures are consistently above 75°. Squash is relatively easy to grow, but it needs room. So be sure to plan your garden space carefully
- Winter squash are heavy feeders and thrive in rich soil. Amend your soil with quality compost ahead of planting. We recommend Sea Soil. Applying a kelp supplement on a weekly basis will reduce drought stress, and is a good addition to bi-weekly feeding with an organic veggie fertilizer such as Evolve Tomato 3-2-2. Winter squash produce better fruits over a longer period if they are fed regularly.
- Water young plants regularly to establish, then water deeply about once per week. Like many vegetables, the quality of squash fruit is impacted by the consistency of watering - avoid peaks and valleys in soil moisture. Mulching the soil around winter squash will reduce watering requirements considerably. As a last tip: water winter squash at the base, to avoid getting moisture on the leaves (these are prone to fungal diseases, and can also sun-scald).
- Harvest when fruits are full-sized and the hull is firm and cannot easily be dented.
- Slice Delicata squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides. Toss with olive oil, and sprinkle with preferred seasonings. Bake in a 425° oven for 25 minutes (or until done). This is a beautiful addition to the table because you can keep the beautiful skin on when roasting and eating. Your dinner guests won't expect this side dish this fall.
- Not suited to containers
- Seed count: 20