Approximately 4-5 seeds per gram. Cucurbita maxima Lot# SQ34131 The Guatemalan Blue 'Banana' Squash has been grown by South Americans over 1000 years before Columbus. Elongated, slate blue fruits with lighter striping average 51 cm (20 ") in length and weigh 2.7- 4.5 kg (6-10) pounds each. A prolific producer and an aggressive grower. Inside is deep yellow orange flesh with a smooth texture and delectable, sweet, fruity flavor.
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 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 61-91cm (24-36”) apart. Space rows 2.4-3.0m (8-10’) apart if you have the space available.
Direct sow seeds into garden from late May to mid-June. Sow 3-6 seeds 12mm- 2.5cm (½-1”) deep into hills that are 2.4-3.0m (6-10’) apart. 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 12mm-2.5cm (½-1”) deep.
Germination: 7-12 days.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 30-45cm (12-18”) tall. Trailing vines can 2.4-3.0m (8-10’) long or longer.
Days to Maturity: Long season 105-110 days.
Watering: Guatemalan 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 (6-10’) apart.
Additional Information: Guatemalan Blue Squash 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 5-7 cm (2-3”) on the fruit to help preserve moisture.