Approximately 12-15 seeds per gram. Cucurbita maxima Lot# SQ34114 Early Golden Crookneck Squash is a vigorous growing plant that has a compact bush type habit, that grows 61-76 cm (24-30”) tall with a spread that varies from 61-101 cm (24-40”) wide. It produces abundant yields of large bright yellow fruits that are best harvested when they are 15-20 cm (6-8”) in size. Squash are easy to grow and easy to harvest.
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). Plant 2 transplants per hill. Space hills 1.2-2.4 m (4-8’) apart. If planting in rows space seedlings at 61-91 cm (24-36”) apart. Space rows 2.4 m (8’) apart.
Direct sow seeds into garden from late May to mid-June. Sow 4 or 6 seeds 12 mm-2.5 cm (½-1”) deep into hills that are 1.2-2.4 m (4-8’) apart. Thin seedlings down to 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: 7-12 days.
Height at Maturity:Plants reach 61-76 cm (24-30”) tall. Spread can vary from 61-101 cm (24-40”) wide.
Days to Maturity: Short season 53-58 days.
Watering: Early golden Crookneck Squash have average water requirements. Water slowly with 2.5 cm (1") of water per week. Allow it to completely soak the soil 15-20 cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether squash 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 mildly 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 1.2-2.4 m (4-8’) apart.
Additional Information Early Golden Crookneck Squash are best harvested when they are 15-20 cm (6-8”) in size. It is often easy enough to snap the fruit from the vine but try and leave a bit of the stem on the fruit to help preserve moisture. Do not let summer squash mature. That will suppress flowering and reduce the yield.