Approximately 4-5 seeds per gram. Cucurbita maxima Lot# SQ34110 The Turks Turban is an heirloom squash that predates 1820. Today it remains a much talked about squash because of its shape and mixture of colours. Turks Turban produces excellent yields of 20-30cm (8-12”) mostly orange with patches of white, green and yellow. Turks Turban squash can weigh between 1.8-4.5kg (4-10) pounds each. You can expect to get between 3-5 squashes per plant. The Turks Turban plant grows large beautiful lily pad sized leaves on trailing vines that can reach 3-4.5m (10-15’) long. Plant height ranges from 45-78cm (18-30”) tall.
Squash seedlings do not really transplant that well, but it can be done if you are careful. Start transplants at least 3-4 weeks before last spring frost. Sow 2 or 3 seeds 12mm- 2.5cm (½-1”) deep in pots. When the seedlings are 5-7cm (2-3”) tall, select the strongest seedling and thin to 1 plant per pot using scissors. Harden off seedlings gradually by cutting back on water and expose them to sunlight daily. Seedlings should have more than 2 to 3 true leaves prior to transplanting outside. Transplant once the soil is warm up to at least 15-21˚C (60-70˚F). Plant 2 transplants per hill. Space hills 2.4-3.0m (8-10’) apart. If planting in rows space seedlings at 41-61cm (18-24”) apart. Space rows 1.8m (6’) apart if you have the space available.
Direct sow seeds into garden from late May to mid-June. Sow 3 to 6 seeds 12mm- 2.5cm (½-1”) deep into hills that are 1.8m (6’) apart. Thin seedlings at 2 per hill.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 45-78cm (18-30”) tall. Trailing vines can be reach 3-4.5m (10-15’) long.
Days to Maturity: Long season 80-110 days.
Watering: Turks Turban has moderate water requirements. Water slowly with 2.5-5cm (1-2”) of water per week. Allow it to completely soak the soil 15-20cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain moist. Avoid getting water on the leaves to help control diseases. Water in the morning if possible to allow leaves to dry if they do get wet. This will help in preventing leaf diseases. Decrease watering later in the season to encourage fruit to mature.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Space transplant 2-3 plants per hill that are 2.4-3.0m (6-15’) apart. If you have the space available.
Additional Information: Turks Turban are best harvested when the rind cannot be dented with your thumbnail. Complete the harvest before the first hard frost. Stems and vines will be hard and dry at harvest time. It is often easy enough to snap the fruit from the vine but try and leave a bit of the stem. At the very least leave 5-7 cm (2-3”) of the stem on the fruit to help preserve moisture. See photos below: ”How to cut open a Turks Turban Squash”.