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Marina di Chiogga squash and other maximas

Posted by girlbug2 z9/10 Sunset 24 (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 12, 11 at 11:02

Hi,

I have experienced growing only one other C. Maxima, the Queensland Blue two years ago. It *seemed* to prefer when the weather was cooler, i.e. in the high 60s and low 70s. It wilted easily in higher heat.

Is this characteristic of most Maximas? If so, I'm planting out early so that my Marina Di Chiogga will have the benefit of growing during the cooler early summer months.

Please advise.


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RE: Marina di Chiogga squash and other maximas

Last year was a cool, lousy year for hot weather plants in Seattle. I had squash in a local pea patch and the Marina di Chioggia did just fine. About 10' vines. Only had two fruits but that's not unusual. Not eaten yet and they are still good. Gettn sweeter and sweeter.


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RE: Marina di Chiogga squash and other maximas

  • Posted by girlbug2 z9/10 Sunset zone 24 (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 30, 11 at 9:58

Well just to update, the MdCs germinated in a large pot outside after nearly 2 weeks. The temps stayed in the 60s and 50s nearly the whole time, which seems to support the theory that maximas are cooler weather lovers.


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RE: Marina di Chiogga squash and other maximas

-----maximas are cooler weather lovers. Boy does that sound good to me! One problem: it may not get up to the 50's this year in Seattle. We're in the mid 40's now and going up and down and up and down, etc. I'll do some experimenting with the cooler soil temps for sure.


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RE: Marina di Chiogga squash and other maximas

-----maximas are cooler weather lovers----. Boy does that sound good to me! One problem: it may not get up to the 50's this year in Seattle. We're in the mid 40's now and going up and down and up and down, etc. I'll do some experimenting with the cooler soil temps for sure. Will also put in a Kabocha transplant and than a Kabocha seed right beside it to see which one does best.


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