Ordering will resume for Fedco Seeds when we release our 2018 catalog, in early December 2017.
Ordering will resume for Fedco Seeds when we release our 2018 catalog, in early December 2017.
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Sweet Dumpling

Sweet Dumpling

(100 days) Cucurbita pepo Open-pollinated. Stunning 1–1½ lb ivory-colored green-striped fruits shaped like miniature pumpkins sell themselves on the stand. New York Times food writer Regina Schrambling called them the “avocados of squash” for their inherent buttery richness and sweet-tangy taste. To experience its sweet dry and memorably rich deep orange flesh, make sure your Dumpling is ripe. Introduced by Sakata Seed Corp. of Yokohama, Japan, in 1976 and marketed as Vegetable Gourd. Sold better after they changed its name to the more appealing Sweet Dumpling.
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1614A: 1/8oz for $1.40  
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1614B: 1/4oz for $2.50  
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1614C: 1/2oz for $4.00  
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1614D: 1oz for $7.00  
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1614E: 4oz for $17.00  
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1614K: 1lb for $45.00  
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Additional Information

Delicata/Dumpling group

~450 seeds/oz. ⅛ oz packet sows 4 hills.

Cucurbita pepo

One of the oldest domesticated species. Pepo derives from the Greek pepon, meaning ‘ripened by the sun.’ They have hard 5-sided ribbed stems, and fruits are usually ribbed. They also include summer squashes and small gourds, as well as some pumpkins.

Winter Squash

Culture: May be direct-seeded or transplanted. Direct seeding: Sow 4–5 seeds per hill when weather has warmed after danger of frost. Allow 4–6' between hills. Thin to 3 best plants. Use row covers and low tunnels to hasten maturity and reduce insect damage. Transplanting: Start indoors three weeks before setting out. Do not disturb the roots. Transplant bush varieties 18" apart, vining varieties 30" apart. 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, at least 50° and 60–70% relative humidity in a place with good air circulation. Do not pile up squash. Inspect periodically and be sure to use damaged, stemless or small fruit first. Acorns have the shortest storage time before getting stringy, followed by delicatas, buttercup/kabochas. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal temperature range 70–90°, optimal temperature 85°. Days to maturity are from direct seeding.

Pests & diseases: BLR: Black Rot, PM: Powdery Mildew

Pest: Striped Cucumber Beetle
Cultural controls: use tolerant or resistant varieties, rotate crops, till under crop debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers or insect netting until flowers appear, use plastic mulch, perimeter trap cropping (Black Zucchini and Blue Hubbard make particularly good trap crops), use yellow sticky strips, hand-pick early morning when beetles are very sluggish.
Materials: Surround, Pyrethrum (PyGanic), Mycotrol ESO.

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, avoid mulching. Squash bugs lay their brown-brick red egg clusters on the underside of the foliage, often next to the central vein—destroy egg clusters on undersides of leaves.
Materials: Pyrethrum on young nymphs, AzaMax.

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, watch for wilting plant parts and destroy borer within.

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

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