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Squash, Winter, Tivoli Hybrid

Short Description

The first bush spaghetti squash.

Full Description

This short-vined, compact All-America Selections winner is ready to join you on the patio and bask in a container. High-yielder plentifully produces fruit that's 8-10" long and 4 lb. at maturity and packed with delectable, creamy flesh. Fruits may be stored for early winter use.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

98 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

12-15 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-60 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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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 have 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 Maturity
98 days
Fruit Size
12-15 inches
Full Sun
48-60 inches
24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Life Cycle
Squash, Winter, Tivoli Hybrid is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This "Squash" was a "Smash" hit for us! This was our first attempt at growing spaghetti squash and it was a great experience for our eyes to behold and for eats to enjoy. We were surprised that even when it appeared that all of the vines were wilted away the squash continued to survive beautifully...they looked like glowing balls of light in the morning sun. They survived the heat & a dry spell here in south central Tennessee. We harvest more than thirty of them to eat, share some, and store some away for later. We heartily recommend this product.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Plants were growing great, until about end of July when overnight they all wilted and died. None of the squash were any good.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bush squash This squash is growing fine for me and definitely delicious, but it is in no way a bush variety. This is a very long vine with tendrils grabbing onto my other plants. Unless my seed packet was mislabeled.
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best keeper ever for a spaghetti squash I got loads of large spaghetti squash from these seeds. What I didn't expect was how long they keep. I don't have a root cellar, just a heated basement. These kept all the way into May! Even when they start to get brown spots on the outside, the inside is still good.
Date published: 2014-05-04
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