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Squash 'Cornell's Bush Delicata'

With a different shape to most pumpkins or squash, looking more like ornamental gourds as they grow, they in fact have very sweet, orange flesh.
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10 seeds

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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Edible Crop
Position
Kitchen Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Height
60cm (24in)
Common name
Winter squash
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
1.8m (6ft) - Trailing
Cultivation
Sow under cover from late March. Soak/soften seed to speed up germination and sow 2.5cm deep on their edge (not flat) in a 9cm pot. Once they have 5-6 leaves, harden off and plant after the frosts are over. You can also sow direct in May.

Description

With a different shape to most pumpkins or squash, looking more like ornamental gourds as they grow, they in fact have very sweet, orange flesh — and the great thing is you can pick almost twice as many from each plant, compared to most, as they can be eaten as soon as mature (from August/September) and more will then form. From our trials at Perch Hill, these are a new favourite.

Care Tips

Water well, and avoid the plant becoming dry. Mulch well, and dig in plenty of manure. Will need a frame to climb up. It is important to pinch out the triffid-like growth tips once they reach 1.5m and to keep doing so! This helps the fruit to set.