Winter Squash

Sweet Meat Squash

Sweet Meat Squash

SQ817

C. maxima 115 days. One of the heirloom treasures of the Northwest, Sweet Meat is still virtually unknown in the rest of the US. This 10-15 pound, slate gray, round squash is renowned for its superb keeping quality and unsurpassed rich, sweet flavor. It makes the best pumpkin pie on Earth! Vigorous vines grow to 10 feet. We sell the original uniform, high-yielding Gill Brothers strain.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 4-6 seeds per gram.
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Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To See individual varieties for seed count.
1-1 1/2″3-4 per hill65-85°F5-101-2 per hill


Cucurbita spp.: Can keep into the winter and beyond, providing dense, home-grown nutrition when it's most scarce. 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.
CULTURE: Squash and pumpkins prefer good fertile soil and plenty of sunshine. Start indoors or in a greenhouse 3-4 weeks prior to your last frost. Sow in a 3 inch Peat or Cow Pot for direct transplanting. For best results transplant prior to the second set of true leaves. Plant the entire Peat or Cow Pot with no part of the pot exposed to the air. Work 1/2 cup of our complete fertilizer into the soil around each plant. For direct sowing, plant after your last frost and when the soil has warmed to at least 60°F. Sow with 3-4 feet between bush varieties, and 4-5 feet between vining varieties. Distance between rows: 6-10 feet. Squash need just-barely-damp soil to germinate. Too much moisture causes the seed to rot. All squash are monoecious (bearing separate male and female flowers on the same plant), and require bee and insect activity for successful pollination. Poor fruit set is often the result of poor pollination.
INSECTS/PESTS: The major insect pests are the spotted and striped cucumber beetles, vine borers and squash bugs. Use row covers and/or apply Pyrethrin to reduce and control damage. Butternut varieties have a solid stem and are resistant to vine borer damage.
DISEASES: Squash are susceptible to a number of fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases that vary between regions. Your local county extension agent can help you pinpoint your particular problem.
HARVEST: Pick baby summer squash as well as the more mature ones. In general, summer squash are most tender and flavorful when very young. Winter squash are best left on the vine until fully mature. It should require quite a bit of pressure before your fingernail pierces through the rind into the flesh. For the best sugar content, cut the stem an inch or so from the body after the first light frost, and if the weather is dry, let them cure in the field. If temperatures drop below 25°F, bring your harvest inside and store in a cool dry location.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 3-4 years. Days to maturity: from date of direct seeding; if transplanting, subtract 10 days.

KEY TO DISEASE RESISTANCE
CMV Cucumber Mosaic Virus
PRSV Papaya Ringspot Virus Type W
WMV2 Watermelon Mosaic Virus
ZYMV Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
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lanaejoy
Jan 30, 2013  |  By Lanae
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I have been growing this squash for 3 years now in a cold, northern climate. I always get at least 3 squash off the plant. They are delicious and last in my basement for up to 9 months. Before these I grew cinderella and I think the taste even tops them. It is sweet with a slightly fruity undertone. It makes the best pies, sauces and breads and can replace pumpkin completely.