Squash, Winter, Lakota
HEIRLOOM. Lakota is as colorful as an Indian blanket with the fine baking quality of Hubbard.
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 Maturity85-100 daysFruit Size8-10 inchesSunFull SunSpread4-6 feetHeight10-12 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Winter, Lakota is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by Veefre from Excellent as an early summer squash too I first grew Lakota squash about 2005, and they looked so tasty I decided to try one as if it was a summer squash. It tasted so good just steamed or stir-fried that I've never been able to let them grow to full maturity. Also handy when the garden gets a late start and the squash doesn't harden off enough to store. After that year however I found it difficult to find the seeds in display cases in stores and nurseries, so I finally had to resort to mail order. And yes, plant at least 2x because the seeds do seem to have about 50% viability. Perhaps this year, since I got an early planting start, I can let a few Lakota squashes mature to winter hardness. If not, I'll be enjoying them all summer long anyway. The taste of the immature fruit is quite nice. Nutty and sweet, with just a touch of winter squash bitterness, which adds to the whole flavor signature.Date published: 2013-05-30Rated 4 out of 5 by FormerCAgardener from Beautiful fruit, not much flavor This squash grew well at our altitude (4,800 ft.), good germination rate, produced seven squash on six plants. Summer was unseasonably hot and we may have overwatered (drip system). Burpee's picture is true to actual colors. Very impressive. Size ranged from basketball to football. However, flavor after baked or microwaved was bland. Good keeper. We still have two with no signs of deterioration as of January. Other varieties of winter squash we grew were much more flavorful, notably Butter Bush.Date published: 2013-01-14Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Great Squash We live at 5000 ft with a short growing season. I have grown Lakotas for 2 years now. First summer wetter and cooler, second dryer and hotter than normal. They produced both years. Good for baking and soup. I experimented with one last year, kept it in a back room (cool) until April before we ate it. About half the plants develop so plant x2. I got about 3 squash per plant, sized between footballs and basket balls.Date published: 2012-10-25Rated 4 out of 5 by Shelly328 from Beautiful fruit, good tasting Good producer, beautiful colors, nice taste.Date published: 2012-08-12Rated 5 out of 5 by deecee322 from Excellent for Pies! Although I grew up in Pennsylvania, my work took me around the country. While living in Denver in the early 1990s, Burpee sent me a packet of Lakota seeds to test prior to their initial marketing efforts. At that time I was extremely pleased with results as my family always used Hubbards for pie pumpkins. In 2009, I tried it in our community garden and again had great results in spite of the less than ideal summer in northeast Pennsylvania. Highly recommended, great keeper, super flavor and fantastic for pies, especially "pumpkin custard!"Date published: 2009-09-26Rated 5 out of 5 by FarmerMiles from Lakota Squash One of the finest varieties of squash I have ever grown. Extremely dense so it is ideal for making pies. Also, very sweet and an extremely good keeper.Date published: 2006-02-12