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Squash, Gourmet Gold Hybrid

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Produces more, better-quality fruits over a long time.

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Just what the doctor ordered: a virus-resistant, sunshine-yellow squash. Plants produce more, better-quality fruits over a longer time, and the leaves stay big, green, and attractive. Bushy plants with open habit make picking easy.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Summer Squash

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

55 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6-8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-48 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-36 inches

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  • Squash

    Squash
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jul-11
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How to Sow

  • Sow seeds directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil in full sun after danger of frost has passed.
  • Be sure to choose an area when you did not plant squash or related crops within 2 years.
  • Sow 1-2 seeds about 36 inches apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Thin to one plant when seedlings have two sets of leaves.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Squash plants have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Squash plants have both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as beebalm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits. Border squash plots with rows of beans, herbs, peppers and tomatoes.

Harvest Summer Squash & Preserving

  • Harvest when fruits are small and the skin is shiny. Harvest often. To keep summer squash producing pick all fruit at this stage. If fruit is allowed to mature the plant may stop producing.
  • To pick summer squash give the fruit a gentle twist until it snaps off.
  • Store summer squash in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Male squash blossoms are also delicious and sweet, try dipping in batter and frying.

Harvest Winter Squash & Preserving

  • Wait to until the fruit has matured to harvest.
  • Fruit will have a dull skin that is too hard to pierce with your thumbnail.
  • To harvest, cut fruit from the vine with shears leaving a 2- 3 inch stem on each squash.
  • Allow winter squash to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
  • Store winter squash in a cool dry place.
Type
Summer Squash
Days To Maturity
55 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
24-48 inches
Height
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
36 inches
Squash, Gourmet Gold Hybrid is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious and Firm This squash has a firm body and a delicious taste. I have used it in recipes in place of green zucchini with GREAT success. This photo is Gourmet Gold Hybrid, sliced homegrown okra, chopped onions fried in coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of cornmeal added at the very end.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great summer squash I have planted and harvested this squash for several summers and it has always grown easily and well. I bought another packet to keep for next year in case it is no longer sold. We love it!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Squash Grew these for the first time this year in self watering containers on my patio. Very impressed with the production and vigor of the plants. Mid July and no issues yet. Definitely will plant again.
Date published: 2015-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful squash that produces I first grew this jewel last year and I was really surprised by the wonderful beauty of this hybrid squash. What really drew me in when I first grew it is the lush yellow color and smooth skin. Here in Northern Virginia, it was a bit slow to get started compared to other yellow squash that I grow in my garden but once it got started it did a great job of giving us wonderful squash. I was quite impressed with the taste and we had this in many preparations.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful squash! I planted 2 hills in my square foot garden using 4 squares each then planted the other half bed with zucchini. (Usually I plant straightneck summer squash here).Very good germination, vigorous plants and beautiful bright gold squash with great flavor. Especially good steamed with green zucchini. No mildew, plants produced until hard frost in October with just a layer of row cover.! I won't plant anything else from now on.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome yellow squash This is, by far, the best yellow squash we've ever grown. Seeds have a very good germination rate; plants develop quickly; have had no slug/worm problems. The flavor of this squash is superior to any I've had - mild but tasty. Plants produce well and squash are easy to harvest. It's late August and the plants are still going strong. Hoping for another month of tasty squash!
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very prolific and tasty... I grew this variety last year (2012). The germination rate was good. My plants were very prolific. I had so many fruits, that I gave a lot of them away. I found this strain makes the best zucchini bread. I will be growing this type again.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, tasty zuke/squash These are the best tasting, heaviest producing, absolutely most beautiful squash I've ever grown! I use them in both squash and zuchinni recipes and they come out great. I just made some delicious zucchini bread with them, so they're very versitile.
Date published: 2012-05-08
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