Squash, Winter, Early Acorn Hybrid
Early and space-saving! Bush type hybrids can be planted 3 ft. apart.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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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 Maturity75 daysFruit Size5 inchesSunFull SunSpread4-5 feetHeight10-12 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Winter, Early Acorn Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 2.Rated 4 out of 5 by cabal from Not really that compact, but good plants Like the other reviewer, my first planting in the spring yielded some fruit, which was real good, but got wiped out by SVB. I didnt really know much about Squash Vine Borers back then, but was better equipped for my second round. I have been picking off the eggs and injecting BT to affected plants, and my fall crop is doing well with some big nice fruit. But the plants are not all that compact. My larger vines are about 8 ft long or so. I have been letting the vines grow on the ground and burying them with dirt at places to encourage more root growth, and make them better resistant to SVB attack.Date published: 2012-08-24Rated 4 out of 5 by RJHythloday from SVB wiped me out These plants grew really well, and set alot of fruit, unfortunately I was negligent in detecting SVB until they had really gotten a hold. Next year I'll plant these after mid July for a fall harvest and hope to miss the SVB, my pumpkins planted out for Thanksgiving pies have been good - but I'm told I can get a second hatching. Any ways I did get a couple to eat and they were great, also ate a few immature ones that were on the vine when I ripped the plants out. The semi bush was a bit misleading, I allowed a couple to sprawl and a few were sucessfully trellised. 5 plants were all the same size, one had humongous leaves and was the first to set fruit. The only ones I got to eat. They were all direct sown, expecting bush I thought they needed more space, I uprooted one and after 2 weeks of wilting and looking very sad it did recover and caught up to the rest in growth. Except it didn't catch the giant.Date published: 2009-08-27