Squash - Pink Banana Jumbo (Cucurbita maxima) Monster Vining Winter Squash Banana Jumbo Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable
Matures 115 days
WOW! Huge marrow-shaped heirloom winter squash with pink colored fruits that can grow 4 feet long, 1 ft across, and weigh up to 40 pounds! Averages 15-20 lbs each. The fruit contains amazing bright orange flesh with a dense waxy texture and superb taste. The flesh is firm, deep yellow orange and very fine grained with a smooth texture. Fantastic for baking and in pies. Fantastic canning squash!
Vines are sprawling and can reach 2.4-3.0 m (10-12’) in length in all directions. Plant height ranges from 30-50 cm (12-20”) tall. This squash is smoothed skinned, yellow–orange to pink and easy to get into and peel.
- Full sun
- Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5
- Note: Squash seedlings do not really transplant that well, but it can be done if you are careful.
- Start seeds indoors at least 3-4 weeks before last spring frost. Sow 2 or 3 seeds 12 mm - 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep in pots. When the seedlings are 5-7 cm (2-3”) tall, select strongest seedling and thin to 1 plant per pot using scissors.
- Harden off seedlings gradually by cutting back on water and expose them to sunlight daily. Seedlings should have more than 2 to 3 true leaves prior to transplanting outside.
- Transplant once the soil is warm up to at least 15-21˚C (60-70˚F).
- Plant 2 transplants per hill. Space hills 2.4-3.0 m (8-10’) apart. If planting in rows space seedlings at 61-91 cm (24-36”) apart.
- Space rows 2.4-3.0 m (8-10’) apart if you have the space available.
- OR Direct sow seeds into garden from late May to mid-June. Sow 3-6 seeds 12 mm- 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep into hills that are 2.4-3.0 m (6-10’) apart. Thin seedlings at 2 per hill.
- Planting Depth: Sow seeds 12 mm- 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep.
- Spacing after thinning: Space transplant 2-3 plants per hill that are 2.4-3.0 m (6-10’) apart. If you have the space available.
- Germination: 7-12 days.
- Height at Maturity: Plants reach 30-50 cm (12-20”) tall. Trailing vines can be 2.4-3.0 m (10-12’) in length in all directions or longer.
- Days to Maturity: Long season 105-110 days
- NOTE: Watering: moderate water requirements. Water slowly with 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) of water per week. Allow it to completely soak the soil 15-20 cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain moist. Avoid getting water on the leaves to help control diseases. Water in the morning if possible to allow leaves to dry if they do get wet. This will help in preventing leaf diseases. Decrease watering later in the season to encourage fruit to mature
- Harvest: when the rind cannot be dented with your thumbnail. Complete the harvest before the first hard frost. Stems and vines will be hard and dry at harvest time. It is often easy enough to snap the fruit from the vine but try and leave a bit of the stem, at the very least 5-7 cm (2-3”) on the fruit to help preserve moisture.
- Seed Count: 20