Approximately 5 seeds per gram. Cucurbita maxima Lot# SQ34142 The Triamble or ‘Shamrock’ Squash (C. maxima) is an unusual open pollinated squash. It is a unique heirloom variety that originated from Australia in 1932. This light blue, sea-green squash is lobed like a three leaf clover. Each of the 3 lobes are home to 3 small seed cavities. Skin is hard and the sugary orange flesh is dense. Triamble squash can weigh between 3.6-5.4 kg (8-12) pounds each. An excellent storage squash as it holds its flavor and texture for several months is stored properly. It is one of our preferred squash types- but it is a tough one to cut open.
Direct sow the seeds in May or June once the soil is warm up to at least 21˚C (70˚F). Sow 4 to 5 seeds 12mm- 2.5cm (½-1”) deep into hills or rows. Space hills 2.4m (8’) apart. When the seedlings are 5-7cm (2-3”) tall, thin them to 2-3 plants per hill. For transplants, start indoors 3-4 weeks before transplanting outside. Sow 3 or 4 seeds per pot and thin to one or two plants. 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. For companion planting benefits, plant squashes along with corn but avoid planting them with potatoes. Triamble squash plants will trail for several feet in all directions. Ideally each plant needs a lot of room in order to spread and avoid competing with nearby plants. Training vine direction will assist in controlling the mass of vines produced.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5
Height at Maturity: Squash plants reach 61-91cm (24-36”) tall. Trailing vine variety- large spread.
Days to Maturity: 110 -120 days.
Watering: Squash plants require at least 4-5cm (1½-2”) of water a week – keep soil moist and cover with mulch. 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 mildly moist. Do not water shallowly. The soil needs to be moist 4 inches down.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Additional Information Before storing, cure the fruit. Curing is best accomplished by allowing them to remain in the sunshine for about ten days. It is the sunlight that cures or hardens the skin. If there is a chance of freezing weather, protect in a storage building and return to the sunlight the following day. If you cure the fruit and store them properly, they will last well into the winter. The storage area should be dark, about 10°C (50°F), and rather dry (less than 65% humidity).