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Astia Squash

Astia Squash

SQ791

C. pepo 38 days. Kick off zucchini season early with this gorgeous, deep green squash. Eager to produce, it wastes no time bearing sleek, mouthwatering fruit that are best picked at 6-7 inches long. While other squash are greedy with space, Astia maintains a compact 30 inches across, so it's well suited for containers and smaller gardens. With an open habit, spotting the fruit is easy for quick harvest. Unrivaled powdery mildew resistance means the plants stay healthy and productive late into the season. That, coupled with its early ripening gives you a maximized harvest window. PM.

   Hybrid Variety
Approximately 5-8 seeds per gram.
  • SQ791/S
  • 3 grams
  • $4.55

  • SQ791/P
  • 7 grams
  • $8.85

  • SQ791/B
  • 1 oz
  • $26.55
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
65-85°F5-101-1 1/2"1-2/hill3-4/hill6-10'75%3-4 yearsListed by typeMedium


Cucurbita spp. In the diverse family of squash are true nutritional powerhouses, encompassing a wide array of forms, flavors, colorations, and culinary applications. Squash are rich in the carotenoids necessary for vitamin A production and boast a wide complement of amino acids. While starchy, most of the carbohydrates in the fruit come from special polysaccharides, pectins, which have exhibited strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic, insulin-regulating properties.

Days to maturity are from date of direct seeding. If transplanting, subtract 10 days.

Culture
• Fertile well-drained soil gives best results
• Squash is a warm season crop, avoid planting too early; raised beds and plastic mulch help keep roots warm
• Squash are monoecious (bearing separate male and female flowers on the same plant) and require insect pollination
• Poor fruit set is often the result of inadequate pollination; plant bee attractant flowers

Direct Sowing
• Plant after frost danger when soil warms to 65°F
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Keep soil evenly moist but not wet as too much moisture causes seed to rot
• Bush varieties: sow 3-4 feet apart
• Vining varieties: sow 4-5 feet apart

Transplanting
• Start indoors 3-4 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date in 4 inch pots
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Transplant carefully as to not disturb roots

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Spotted and striped cucumber beetles, vine borers and squash bugs
Insect control: Row covers and/or apply Pyrethrin
• Moschata species are resistant to vine borer
Common diseases: See chart below; diseases vary by region
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and fungicide applications

Harvest & Storage
Summer squash: Harvest regularly when fruits are young to keep plants productive
Winter squash: Leave on vine until fully mature, rinds should be firm
• When winter squash is mature cut stem leaving 2-4 inches remaining, gently wash in sanitizing solution, 10 parts water to 1 part bleach
• For best results move winter squash to a warm dry area 80-90°F to cure; see each type (below) for curing requirements
• Store winter squash at 50-60°F with 50-75% relative humidity with good air circulation

Curing Requirements
Acorn: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
Buttercup: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
Butternut: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
Delicata: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
Hubbard: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
Mini-Hubbard: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
Spaghetti: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months

Seeds per gram
Acorn, Butternut, & Delicata: 9-16
Buttercup, Hubbard, & Sweet Meat: 4-6
Green Summer: 8-9
Spaghetti: 4-7
Patty Pan: 7-10
Yellow Summer: 9-13
Zucchini: 5-8

KEY TO SQUASH DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
CMV | Cucumber Mosaic Virus
PM | Powdery Mildew
PRV | Papaya Ringspot Virus
WMV* | Watermelon Mosaic Virus
ZYMV | Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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Didn't work for me
Sep 5, 2016  |  By Rich
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I was enthusiastic about trying this; in Olympia we battle powdery mildew every year. Some things to note: Germination was irregular, with 20 seeds in the same tray, same conditions, sprouting as much as a week and a half apart from each other. Plants weren't as vigorous -- or nearly as productive -- as traditional Black Beauty types. Skins slightly tougher and darker than most, and a higher-than-normal percentage of irregular shapes. But here's the main thing: I saw absolutely no increased resistance to blight. Had to pull all plants by Sept. 4, and regular and yellow (non-blight-resistant) zucchinis nearby are significantly less affected by powdery mildew than these were.
Great for small spaces!
Jun 29, 2014  |  By Megan
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This variety could be called "happy" This is the best zucchini I've ever grown. The stems & leaves grow upward so it stays off the ground & it just looks happy! It's very healthy & very resistant to powdery mildew. I have it growing in a grow bag & it's doing beautifully! It's a perfect variety for small spaces.