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Squash ‘Serpente di Sicilia’ (Lagenaria vulgaris aka Lagenaria longissima)

Not only do these look great, they make the tastiest soup and stir-fry.
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30 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
4.5m (15ft)
Group/Species
vulgaris
Common name
Serpent Squash
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
90cm (36in) - Trailing
Cultivation
Soak/soften seed to speed up germination, then sow on their edge 2.5cm deep in individual pots. Once they have 5-6 leaves, harden off and plant out after the last frosts. Sow direct from mid-May.

Description

Not only do these look great, they make the tastiest soup and stir-fry. More people asked about their large white squash flowers at our summer and early autumn garden openings than anything in the flower parts of the garden. We’ll now always grow this trailling over our fences and hedge.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

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 1.8m and to keep doing so! This helps the fruit to set.