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When is the kabocha ready to pick?

Posted by bonnie13 (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 10, 07 at 19:19

OK, this is a sort of stupid question, but I have a kabocha vine that's been working on a squash (I'd posted earlier about how the female flowers were all withering), and I'm a newbie gardener, so I'll just ask. I've got a kabocha vine in my little garden plot. It's got a squash on it that's been growing for about a month now - it was the size of a large marble on July 14th. It grew really fast for a while, now it's slowing down. It's also beginning to get a golden-orange undertone to the green of the skin - it's not as big as supermarket kabocha (which is actually where I got the seed) but it seems like the kabocha squash in the store are just green, which makes me wonder - how do I know when it's ready to pick?

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RE: When is the kabocha ready to pick?

The skin of this squash should get hard, so that one cannot dent it with the fingernail. (Try this test on a ripe squash in the supermarket.) Once it's this hard you can pick the squash. However, I suspect that the quality of the flesh will improve if you don't eat it for yet another month.

Tahlequah, OK

RE: When is the kabocha ready to pick?

Thanks! I'll try to hold off. Unfortunately the vine seems to be very unhappy about something right now - I think maybe the incredible amount of rain we had last week may have been more than it could handle. It was thriving up until then but on Saturday all the leaves were drooping pathetically. Can't have been too little water, the soil had been soaking all week - we had that awful storm that stopped the NYC subway system dead with 3 inches of rain in an hour plus a tornado on Tuesday, and then it poured all day on Friday - most of the garden came through OK but the kabocha looks miserable.

btw if anyone's interested in seeing a gardener's view of that storm, there's a guy that has a nice blog about gardening in Brooklyn - unlike me, he actually knows what he's doing! :D

Here is a link that might be useful: Flatbush Gardener

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