Squash, Ronde de Nice
Nutty flavor and tender flesh have made this a favorite of French squash lovers.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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 are “dioecious” having 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 & 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.
Days To Maturity45-48 daysFruit Size1-4 inchesSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Ronde de Nice is rated out of 5 by 2.Rated 5 out of 5 by SquashFairy from Delicious and Easy Love these little squashies! The taste and texture are superior to any other summer squash I've eaten. They're nutty, lightly sweet and tender. I started them indoors; every seed germinated and almost every seedling survived transplant. The plants grew to around 24"x24" and thrived in large pots on the patio. At any point in time, each plant had at least a half-dozen squash in development. With eight plants, there were plenty of male and female blossoms to ensure pollination. You would probably need at least three mature plants to ensure the constant presence of a male blossom. Unfortunately, the aphids also love these, so I had to regularly check under the leaves and spray. The plants stopped blooming during the worst of the summer (not surprising - very few plants want to produce fruit when it's 100F), but with ample watering and some selective trimming, they all survived and started blooming again in September. Just seeded some more of these, and this time I'm going to plant them in the beds in the hopes the proximity to the birds and other bugs will reduce the aphid population.Date published: 2015-02-16Rated 5 out of 5 by JudithA from Squash Heaven You won't find this squash in a store or probably not anywhere else because the skin is delicate. I think this is best tasting squash I've ever eaten. It's a delicacy you can only get if you grow them yourself. I diced them and sauteed with garlic, stuffed them , and added them to soups. We ate them as soon as they were a few inched in diameter, We could get enough of them, The also have large blossoms if you like to eat blossoms. They produced longer than all other squash I've grown. You do need to pick almost daily and protect the delicate skin.Date published: 2013-02-03