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Summer squash for Fall planting ?

Posted by kvbch Zone6 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 20, 12 at 7:09

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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RE: Summer squash for Fall planting ?

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.


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RE: Summer squash for Fall planting ?

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.


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