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varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

Posted by rayama 7b Birmingham, Al (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 7, 09 at 17:05

I'm looking for recommendations for varieties of winter squash that produce lots of small squash. I'm mainly feeding my mom and I, so 4 pounds of squash is a lot. I have Early Butternut from Parks, and those were smallish but not very productive.

Is there something you can do to the plant or the soil to encourage lots of small squash? I plant basil near my squash, so I have lots of bees all over the flowers, and I fertilize with both a Osmocote and compost.


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RE: varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

Look for small fruit size in the types you like. The bigger the fruit the fewer there will be of them. If SVB is a problem, the smaller butternuts are your best best. Acorns and Delicatas when protected from SVB are normally high yielding. There are also a few C. maximas (buttercup types) that are small and prolific/ Gold Nugget comes to mind.


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RE: varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

rayama,

I tried Small Wonder Spaghetti Squash this year and they did very well. Two plants yielded 17 squash. I have only picked one so far and it came in at 2 pounds and nice flavor. There are photos on my blog...

Liisa

Here is a link that might be useful: Showing posts with label Spaghetti Squash


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RE: varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

Acorn squash is smaller and is usually easy to grow. You may need to hand pollinate to get a lot of squash. I find that I have lots of blooms but very few squash is I don't hand pollinate them.


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RE: varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

Thelma Sanders sweet potato squash is an acorn type that is supposed to be HIGHLY productive with very good flavor. I've not tried this one yet but am planting it this spring. You can find it at Seed Savers Exchange and Bakers Creek.


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RE: varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

I agree with Liisa. I tried the Small Wonder Spaghetti Squash last year and was quite pleased. They also keep well - I ate one yesterday.

Here is a link that might be useful: Spaghetti Squash posts/photos


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RE: varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

I had a neighbor that planted butternuts really close and all he got were small squash, 3-4 inches.


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RE: varieties that produce lots of small, winter squash

Years ago I used to grow Ponca Butternut. The vines were about 6' long and they produced a smaller butternut squash in abundance. It's a good one.

George


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