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Fruit & Vegetables

Squash - Summer


Stuffing Summer squash with a sweet, savory flavor. Activate your inner gourmet!

Burpee's Cupcake Summer squash is a hybrid with the soft edible skin of a zucchini and the delicate, sweet flavor of a patty-pan squash. The 2-in. (5-cm) tall by 5-in. (12-cm) round fruits are great for grilling, roasting, boiling and especially stuffing!

Water: medium water required

Fertilize: Once a month

Spacing: 36in (91cm)

Height: 36-40in (91-102cm)

Width: 48-60in (122-152cm)

Exposure: Full Sun - 6+ hours direct sun

Fruit size: 2-5in (5-12cm)

Growth: Indeterminate

Squash should be planted after the danger of frost has passed. They need space to grow and vine so leave enough room for them to spread.

Squash plants should be kept free from weeds. Water at least 3 times each week in the summer. Squash requires minimal care once the vines cover the ground.

Squash should be harvested before a heavy frost occurs by carefully cutting squash from the vines, leaving two inches of stem attached.

Your squash can be stored at room temperature for 10 to 20 days. For long term storage, keep squash in a cool (45 to 50°F / 7 to 10°C) place such as your basement or garage. Do not allow them to freeze. Larger winter squash can be stored up to 6 months while smaller acorn and butternut squash store up to 3 months.

Squash, corn, and beans are three of the oldest food sources grown in the Americas. Squash is believed to have originated in Mexico and Central America where people have been eating it for at least 7,500 years. To this day, squash is an important staple food in these areas.

Native Americans shared many varieties of squash with the European settlers, who carried the seeds back to their home countries. Today, squash is grown all over the globe