Approximately 12-15seeds per gram. Cucurbita pepo Lot# SQ34108 Table King (Bush) Squash are compact plants that grow 61 cm (24”) tall with a spread of 1-1.2 m (3-4’) wide. You can expect to grow 5-8 squash per plant that are 10 x 15 cm (5-6”) long and can weigh around 600-900 g (1½-2 lbs.) each. The acorn shaped squash are a glossy dark green when mature with a small seed cavity. Flesh is pale orange, dense, dry and very flavorful. Harvest before a frost. Table King Squash store well for several months if stored properly.
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 12 mm- 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep in pots. When the seedlings are 5-7 cm (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) 2 weeks after your last frost. Plant 2 transplants per hill. We space our hills 1.2-1.5 m (4-5’) apart each way. For higher yields, plant in rows and space seedlings at 30-61 cm (12-24”) apart. Space row 1.2-1.5 m (4-5’) apart.
Direct sow seeds into garden from late May to mid-June. Sow 3 or 6 seeds 12 mm- 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep into hills that are 1.2-1.5 m (4-5’) apart each way. Thin seedlings at 2 per hill.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 12 mm- 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep.
Germination: 7-14 days.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 40-61 cm (16-24”) tall. Compact bush habit. Spread can be 1-1.2 m (3-4’) wide.
Days to Maturity: 80-90 days.
Watering: Table King Squash has regular water requirements. Water slowly with 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) of water per week. Allow it to completely soak the soil 15-20 cm (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 1.2-1.5 m (4-5’) apart, each way.
Additional Information Table King Squash should be harvested before a hard frost. Fruit is ripe if your thumbnail doesn't mark the skin and the stem is dry and brown. It is often easy enough to snap the fruit from the vine. We use a sharp knife to cut the stem about 5cm (2”) from the fruit. This helps preserve moisture loss from the squash. Cure the squash in the sun or a dry location until stem shrivels. Do not carry the fruit by the stem either as it could easily snap off. Do not wash squash that you intend to put up for storage.