Squash, Summer, Pic-N-Pic Hybrid
Golden yellow fruits have smooth, tender skin. Extremely productive.
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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 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 Maturity50 daysFruit Size8-10 inchesSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Summer, Pic-N-Pic Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 13.Rated 5 out of 5 by IndianaGreenGirl from Big Producer! I plant these every year. I direct-sow them in little hills and nearly all seeds produce a plant. Since I have a smaller garden space, I put a short fence around the area to keep them from taking over the garden and trailing into the yard. Once they begin fruiting, be prepared to eat squash for every meal! I pick them when they are about 6" long as they are tender and sweet. If I let them get much past 8", they get hard and full of seeds. They are delicious grilled, basted with olive oil and garlic. Pic & Pac squash is one of my favorite garden goodies!Date published: 2014-10-22Rated 4 out of 5 by kalzbeta from Cool temps and rain was this crop's downfall After my potatoes and onions, I decided to try a second crop. I only had ~70 days left in the growing season, and this dtm is 50 for this squash. The germination rate was excellent. We're about day 60 now, and so far I have harvest two fairly smallish squashes. I don't think it was this plant's fault; I'm going to blame our unseasonably cool and wet season this year. I have more seeds left over in my packet and will definitely plant again; I will probably do it as a second crop again since squash isn't my favorite thing to eat, and I won't be heartbroken if the frosts come in and ruin everything.Date published: 2014-09-30Rated 5 out of 5 by 1sttimer from These bad boys took off! All seeds we planted all germinated. They spread rapidly and are huge. So far they are crooked and growing great almost ready to harvest. I will plant these again next year!Date published: 2013-07-24Rated 5 out of 5 by AnyIdiotCanPlanT from Happy Plants 1st garden. Direct sow, had to thin them out because all the seeds turned into fast growing plants. They didn't seem to mind being replanted.Date published: 2012-06-01Rated 2 out of 5 by countrygirlcityfarming from Not crock neck I ordered the seeds based on the description. I was expecting a bountiful crop of crockneck squash. What I got instead was a bountiful crop of straight neck squash (see the pictures). I really don't like straight neck because they are not as tender. The plants are covered with squash, but they are not what I ordered. I am very disappointed that I did not get what I ordered.Date published: 2012-04-29Rated 5 out of 5 by TheHappyGardener from Summertime In The South Yellow Squash!! I have enjoyed this yellow crooked-necked squash since childhood in my grandparents garden. I have grown it in my own garden for about 8 yrs now and it never disappoints! I usually only need to plant 5 seeds and they all come up and take off with a vengence! Training them up a pepper or tomato cage 5ft in height early on will gaurantee lots of strong squash that don't touch the ground and rot within days. Pick them while young and tender for best taste. They are very prolific and you'll have plenty of summer squash to saute', fry, use in salads and slice & freeze for winter. Dust with Sevin every 2 weeks to keep cutworms. hookworms, sqush maggots and other pests at bay. Good well drained & cultivated soil should do the trick with a bit of bone meal, lime, and 10-10-10 fertilzer added in. Will yield from late May until August in good conditions.Date published: 2010-10-09Rated 5 out of 5 by AmyL from Vigorous and easy to grow. I direct-sowed these seeds around the same time I transplanted everything into my garden once i realized I had a little space left. I planted quite a few seeds into the designated area, and to my surprise, almost every last one germinated. Within a matter of days I had an overabundance of these seedlings. Despite the fact that I have heard that summer squash does not transplant well, it was either that or thin them out, so I chose to attempt to transplant them. I gently dug up about half of the seedlings and put a couple of those into a different garden, and the rest into very large pots. None of the plants seemed to be in any way set back from the transplant; rather, the ones that were put into pots rapidly surpassed those which had been left undisturbed in the ground. So far, all of these plants are large, healthy, and grow vigorously. The only problem I have encountered is due to a lack of pollinators, resulting in the squashes rotting once they reach 2-3 inches in length. This week I plan to start hand-pollinating them, at which point I believe these plants will become quite prolific. I would recommend these seeds to anyone, but especially to beginning gardeners (due to the fact that they grow so quickly and are so easy to grow). The only fact that I cannot comment on is the taste, since as I said, none of mine have gotten pollinated yet.Date published: 2010-07-12Rated 5 out of 5 by OrganicMan from Prolific Squash Production!! I just planted 4 seeds and all four germinated and came to maturity very quickly. I had more squash between May 2009 to October 2009 from those four vines that I could use! I washed, sliced and flash froze 12 bags in ziploc bags, I used some in salads, made awesome squash casseroles, and gave the rest away to neighbors and family. One of the other reviewers said that this was not a good producer....I beg to differ. I don't know the circumstances where you live or what you use in your soil or what you are lacking in your soil, but in well cultivated, well drained soil rich in organic matter, bone meal, sand, slow release plant food and red clay, these babies gave up the goods for me! AND HOW!! (-:Date published: 2010-03-04