Squash - Organic

Delicata Squash Organic

Delicata Squash Organic

SQ821

C. pepo 105 days. One of the most popular heirloom squash, Delicata is still today one of the finest winter squashes you can grow. Our selection produces cream-colored loaf-shaped fruit with dark green longitudinal stripes and flecks. The 7-9 inch long, 4 inch wide fruit have fine-textured, light orange flesh that is delicious. Slice lengthwise and bake. Makes a savory treat when stuffed with rice, topped with cheese, and broiled. A very good keeper.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 9-16 seeds per gram.
  • SQ821/L
  • 3 grams Organic
  • $3.85

  • SQ821/M
  • 7 grams Organic
  • $5.45

  • SQ821/N
  • 1 oz Organic
  • $13.95
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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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Wonderful
Dec 29, 2015  |  By Stephan
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These grow and ripen well in the Northwest, they are productive and they taste amazing. They also store well (5 months in my attached unheated garage).
Amazing!
Jan 6, 2014  |  By Doug
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Very easy to grow. Produces lots of smaller sized squashes (smaller than typical butternuts I've grown). Very easy to peel. Stores well. The taste is simply amazing! We love it roasted.
Delicatarama!
Jan 28, 2013  |  By Steve
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Far exceeded our expectations. The flavor lives up to its name: delicate but rich. Very easy to grow: just get it in the ground, water and wait. Very productive. And they keep well -- longer than expected. All around the perfect little squash.