Summer squash for Fall planting ?

kvbchJune 20, 2012

I'm wanting to make a fall planting of summer crook-neck

squash and need to know when to plant the seeds. Years ago when I tried this I remember planting the seeds in early September during a very typical hot spell, and the seeds never did even sprout.

Should I plant earlier? Or, I read somewhere that I could pre-sprout the seeds by folding them inside a wet paper towel for a few days....help? Suggestions??

Kev

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farmerdill

The average crookneck takes about 50 days to make edible fruit, but in the fall the plants take longer due to shorter daylight hours, so I would suggest that you count back about 70-75 days from from your fall frost date to plant. Unless you have early frost, you should get 10-15 days of harvest maybe more if you cover your plants on frosty nights. They are very susceptible to frost. Germination has not been a problem for me.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 8:01AM
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busy_bee_7tn_grow

And yes, you can sprout the seeds inside a wet paper towel. Slip it inside a baggie and set on a window sill that gets sun and they should sprout in just a couple of days. Then pot them inside as well if you like and transplant when the plant is bigger. I do all my squash this way, some cucumber and melons also.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 10:00AM
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