Winter Squash

Gold Nugget Squash

Gold Nugget Squash

SQ828

C. maxima 85 days. This is the original Gold Nugget bush squash developed as a substitute for the sweet potato in short-season areas. Compact 3-4 foot bushes yield up to 10 golden orange fruit, 1-1 1/2 pounds, full of delicate golden flesh with melt-in-your-mouth flavor. An AAS winner.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 4-6 seeds per gram.
  • SQ828/S
  • 3 grams
  • $3.50

  • SQ828/P
  • 7 grams
  • $5.75

  • SQ828/B
  • 1 oz
  • $12.95
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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/hill3-6'75%3-4 yearsSee belowMedium


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.

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 4-6 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 and 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: 3-7
Green Summer: 4-11
Spaghetti: 4-7
Patty Pan: 7-10
Yellow Summer: 7-15
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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Doesn't taste so good
Jan 27, 2019  |  By Laurie Bratten
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An update to my previous post, after curing and storage, these do not taste good, and has a mushy texture. How can I improve the taste in next year's garden?
Great for High Altitude + Short Season
Oct 20, 2018  |  By Laurie Bratten
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This is the only winter squash that has produced in my 2 years at 9000 feet in Colorado. The season is too short and too cold for most. The plant fit well in my raised beds which are often covered to protect from the cold. One bush yielded 7 nice squashes. This will be a keeper for me!
Desertographer
Jan 14, 2015  |  By Frank Erickson
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This is an incredibly productive, highly flavorful squash. It did well in my Montana garden, where the season is often too short for winter squash to ripen. This is currently my favorite variety for compactness, productivity and flavor.