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Thelma Sanders' Sweet Potato Squash Conventional & Organic

Thelma Sanders' Sweet Potato Squash Conventional & Organic

SQ827

C. pepo 85-95 days. Tender, sweet and delicious, Thelma Sanders' cooks up to a buttery-soft texture and unmatchable flavor. Highly productive plants produce light beige, deeply ridged acorn squash measuring 7 1/2-8 inches with thick, orange-gold flesh. An heirloom originating from Missouri, this truly exceptional squash also has one of the longest shelf lives we've seen.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 9-16 seeds per gram.
  • SQ827/S
  • 3 grams
  • $2.95

  • SQ827/L
  • 3 grams Organic
  • $3.35

  • SQ827/P
  • 7 grams
  • $4.65

  • SQ827/M
  • 7 grams Organic
  • $5.65

  • SQ827/B
  • 1 oz
  • $10.95

  • SQ827/N
  • 1 oz Organic
  • $13.45

  • SQ827G1
  • 1/4 lb Organic
  • $41.45

  • SQ827G2
  • 1 lb Organic
  • $104.65
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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.