Squash, Summer, Saffron
Perfect straightnecks grow on sturdy, open, yet compact plants.
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 Maturity50-55 daysFruit Size7-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Summer, Saffron is rated out of 5 by 10.Rated 5 out of 5 by SeniorGardening from A Great Open Pollinated Yellow Squash We usually plant a succession of hybrid yellow squash plants each year, harvesting them until they wear out or bugs get them. Along with our hybrids this year, we tried the open pollinated Saffron variety for the first time. I started a large (6") pot of them, letting three plants grow in it and transplanted them into our large East Garden in early May. The Saffron plants outlasted two hybrids, producing lovely yellow squash throughout the season. The Saffrons were a good bit taller than our usual hybrid, but took up no more space than them. This one is a keeper for our future garden plots.Date published: 2014-09-06Rated 5 out of 5 by Cwgail from Wonderful squash!! Started indoors, set out after danger of frost, and they took off like a rocket!!! Gorgeous yellow squash with a wonderful taste!! Making so many, I have to share with the neighborhood!Date published: 2012-05-11Rated 5 out of 5 by porky1 from More Than I expected This squash surprised me in multiple ways. The flavor was better than other reviews made me believe. This plant was planted on April first and is still producing like crazy!! My only problem is the plant is very vigorous in my raised bed. It has taken over a 4x4 section and is still growing strong. With this in mind, one plant has exceeded the production of 4 other plants put together (variety was Fortune). This is a real winner in my garden!!!Date published: 2010-07-08Rated 4 out of 5 by ImpatientGardener from Very good yield I planted two hills in our small backyard garden. The plants are much more vigorous than I expected, crowding some of the other vegetables. Other than that, I'm happy with this variety.Date published: 2009-08-11Rated 4 out of 5 by Frog from Good Squash Excellent compact plant. Heavy yielding. Counted off 1 leaf because of blossom end rot towards the end of the growing season.Date published: 2009-03-22Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenPot from Husband Likes Them!! I grew these last season in an old wine barrel. The soil was a cheapy store brand. I beefed it up a bit with some Miracle Gro a couple of times. There was no problem with rot or bugs. From three plants we got several dozen squash and like most people we shared with family and friends. Squash of any kind is usually like kryptonite to my husband, but even he likes these. We harvested them when they were young, only about four or five inches long, maybe that made the difference. I'm by no means an expert gardener so I was surprised when these grew as well as they did. I'm trying them again this year. Wish me luck!Date published: 2009-01-30Rated 4 out of 5 by MrGreenGenes from Great Producer I planted these last year for the first time. Three hills produced way more than my wife and I could handle. I took sacks of squash into work to give away and even they grew tired of the squash. I probably won't plant again since we prefer the taste of zucchini over yellow squash and I have limited space. The squash bugs are really drawn to these also for some reason. The rotting problem described by the other reviewers sounds like "blossom end rot". I had this problem with my squash, peppers and tomatoes. It is usually caused by low calcium levels in your soil. I bought ag lime at the farm supply and worked about a cup or two in with a hand trowel around the perimeter of each plant. It cured the problem.Date published: 2008-02-26Rated 3 out of 5 by wvtomatoman from ho hum taste I grow veggies for taste and this one was a bit of a dissappointment. Both my wife and I prefer the taste of our standby Early Prolific. The plant grows well and produces well.Date published: 2007-06-20