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Squisito
1615SO Squisito Spaghetti Squash Winter Squash OG (87 days) I groaned when Nikos handed me packets of spaghetti squash to trial. Normally I disdain this stringy genre, having long believed it was nothing more than a breeding disaster cleverly rescued by a public relations campaign. But whatever Minnesota breeder Elvin Martin saw in these early-maturing 4 lb deep-gold oblong fruits, I see too. Martin doesn't recall what squash he started with, but he liked it and has been selecting it for “at least six” years. Approaching it with great skepticism, I found it wonderfully sweet and ended up eating the larger half in one sitting. Unprecedented! Nikos named it Squisito (skwee-ZEE-toh), Italian for ‘yummy.' Some variation has crept into this exquisite squash. The new offspring are beautiful, diverse in color, some with green markings, some with yellow and some looking like a typical spaghetti squash. All made great eating for Roberta, Heron and Nikos in this year's taste test. 2009. MOFGA-certified.
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A=1/8oz for $1.70  
sold out, substitute 1616.
B=1/4oz for $3.00  
sold out, substitute 1616.
C=1/2oz for $5.60  
sold out, substitute 1616.
 

Additional Information

Winter Squash

Winter squash is organized by species and common groupings.

Cucurbita pepo:
1600-1610 Acorns
1611-1614 Delicata/Dumplings
1615-1616 Spaghettis

Cucurbita maxima:
1617-1619 Bananas
1620-1649 Buttercup/Kabochas
1650-1659 Hubbards
1660-1679 Miscellaneous maxima

Cucurbita moschata:<br>1680-1689 Butternuts
1690-1699 Miscellaneous moschata

All open-pollinated except where noted. Plant 4–5 seeds per hill. Allow 4–6 feet between hills. Tender, not frost hardy. Heavy nitrogen feeders. Excessive heat and/or drought can prevent blossom set, reduce yields. Winter squash can take one or two light frosts on the vine. To improve flavor and storage, field cure for at least 10 days after harvest, covering if hard frost threatens. Store under proper conditions, 50° and 60–70% relative humidity. Storing at temperatures under 50° reduces shelf life. Be sure to use damaged, stemless or small fruit first. Acorns have the shortest storage time before getting stringy, followed by delicatas, buttercup/kabochas. Days to maturity are from direct seeding.

Cucurbita Pepo

Have hard 5-sided ribbed stems, and fruits are usually ribbed. One of the oldest domesticated species. Pepo derives from the Greek pepon, meaning “ripened by the sun.” They also include summer squashes and small gourds, as well as miniature pumpkins 1702-1705, pie pumpkins 1711, 1718-1723, intermediate pumpkins 1708 and 1729, jack-o’-lanterns 1710, 1748-1752.

Spaghetti Group

Approximate seed count: 190 seeds/oz. 1/8 oz packet sows 5 hills.

Saving Squash Seed

The genus Cucurbita has six different species, of which three are in our catalog. (We do not offer C. argyrosperma, C. ficifolia or C. foetidissima and they are seldom grown in our climate.)

Different varieties within the same species will cross readily, but crossing does not occur between the different species. Seeds from a crop that has been exposed to other cucurbits of the same species won’t grow true to type. If you are saving seed, you need to isolate your crop from other cucurbits of the same species by at least 1500', or protect it from insects that would bring unwanted pollen, and hand-pollinate it yourself.

Squash Diseases

Disease: Powdery Mildew
Controls: Use small plots to slow spread, plant indeterminate (viney) varieties, control weed competition.
Materials: sulfur (8865-8) and whole milk, mineral or other oils in combination with potassium bicarbonate, Actinovate (8851).

Disease: Bacterial Wilt
Cultural control: Striped Cucumber Beetle is vector—control it; choose resistant varieties.

Squash Pests

Pest: Striped Cucumber Beetle
Cultural controls: use tolerant or resistant varieties, rotate crops, till under crop debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers (9101) or insect netting (9080-2) until flowers appear, perimeter trap cropping (1411 Black Zucchini and 1655 Blue Hubbard make particularly good trap crops), use yellow sticky strip (8830), hand-pick early morning when beetles are very sluggish.
Materials: Surround (8870), Pyrethrum (PyGanic 8925), Bugitol (8890).

Pest: Squash Bug
Cultural controls: rotation, till in cucurbit debris before winter and plant a cover crop, boards on soil surface near squash will attract bugs overnight which can be killed, destroy egg clusters on undersides of leaves, avoid mulching.
Materials: Pyrethrum on young nymphs, Neem.

Pest: Squash Vine Borer
Cultural controls: butternut squash is resistant, maximas & pepos susceptible; rotation, plow in squash vine debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers (9101), watch for wilting plant parts and destroy borer within.