Not Available for 2017
Cucurbita maxima 52 days
This bush summer squash is a different species (c. maxima ) than other summer squash like zucchini ( c. pepo). This allows me to grow one of each of the 4 squash varieties, side by side, with no crossing. I have Butternut ( c. moschata ) and a Cushaw ( c. argyrosperma ) for winter squash. I raise Styrian Pumpkins ( c. pepo ) for the delicious pumpkin seeds and now Zapallo del Tronco ( c. maxima ) provides me with a delicious summer squash. This rare variety is from South America. They are resistant to squash bugs. The round fruits are meatier than most other summer squash and the flavor is superb. They are best picked young and are great for fresh eating. I also found this variety to be very productive and continues to set fruit until frost.
Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1″ deep in hills, 4′-6′ apart.. I usually plant six seeds to a hill and thin to three plants. You can also start squash indoors 3 weeks before planting in your garden.
Seed Saving: There are four species of squash/pumpkins. Varieties within the same species will readily cross-pollinate. To save seed from varieties within the same species you need to isolate 1/8th mile for home use or 1/4 to 1 mile for pure seed. A good solution is to grow varieties from different species, eliminating the need for isolation.
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