Squash, Winter, Vegetable Spaghetti
Healthy spaghetti alternative.
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 Maturity100 daysFruit Size15-18 inchesSunFull SunSpread4-5 feetHeight10-12 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Winter, Vegetable Spaghetti is rated out of 5 by 12.Rated 5 out of 5 by cjgonwhiteman from So excited I am so excited! This have grown fast and are doing great and all that I planted came up. I have not tasted them yet because they are just now starting to develop but I am sure they will be great!Date published: 2015-07-07Rated 5 out of 5 by HM18 from A must-have in our garden We planted 2 this past summer but lost one. The surviving vine split into 3 parts about 10 feet long. We got 9 squash, 6 between 4-6 lb each. They looked like the picture but don't darken to yellow until they cure. We use them for a Lasagna Boats recipe we found; each makes 4 to 6 servings as a main course. They have kept beautifully in a basket in our back hall till now; just used the last one. They do like to roam; this picture is of one that attached itself to our garden gate about 7-8 feet from the plant. we opened and closed that gate all summer- didn't seem to bother the squash one bit!Date published: 2015-02-09Rated 5 out of 5 by 1farmhand from Very productive squash I read some reviews from 2013...I had no problem with the seed. I started them indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost, and set the plants along a Burpee Pea fence since the plants vine a bit rowdy. It takes the squash a long time to ripen-every bit of 100 days. Wait till they turn yellowish-they do set on looking a bit like a fat zucchini. Some of the squash got so big I was afraid the pea fence would not be able to handle it, but it did well.Date published: 2014-01-19Rated 1 out of 5 by NancyVN from Spaghetti Squash Summer Bummer, 2013 I planted this Spaghetti Squash last year and had wonderful results - large rambling vines full of great fruit. So, this year, I also purchased Spaghetti Squash from Burpee ( I still have about 5 fruits in my cool trays from last year's crop). Unfortunately, I had the same issue as Brandi from Austin. The squash plants were prolific, the fruit was beautiful, but just never got the creamy yellow color as the crop from before. The squash look like fat zuchini, taste buttery and flavorful, but definately aren't spaghetti squash. Bummer this summer.Date published: 2013-09-01Rated 5 out of 5 by Nivekak from I love this one Great results in my garden. I plant by seed the first half of march. If you wait to long around here the bugs will burro through the skin before it gets to hard. I harvest in early June. I expect one fruit per plant. If two grow they will both be smaller. This year was not the best for me because the soil needed amending. Poor soil caused the fruit to mature slow enough so the bugs got most of them.Date published: 2013-08-06Rated 4 out of 5 by Mary44 from Packaging of Spagetti Squash "Directions" Hi This is my first ear to grow spaghetti squash. I have had many gardens over 20 years. I have gotten my first 2 squash on my plants and I was afraid that they were zucchini,because they were green. They were oversized like spaghetti squash. I cut them off the plant thinking they were deformed zucs. I had also planted zucchini. I like to keep picking my zucchini so I can keep the plant producing. I think you should place on the packaging when to harvest the squash, what it would look like and to be aware they are green first. I hope I will have more squash on the plants I grew. Please make clear when to pick and description on package!Date published: 2012-07-26Rated 1 out of 5 by brandi from Wrong seeds I planted a long row of these seeds, because I would like to eat spaghetti squash often. The plants grew beautifully with little effort and have handled the bugs well. They are producing wonderfully, but it's not spaghetti squash. It's green zuchinni like squash- but not like my row of actual regular zuchinni. I am guessing from looking on this website that the seeds were replaced with Sweet Zukes Zuchinni. I just tasted it and it tastes fine, although I prefer the regular version. But I am really bummed that now I do not have spaghetti squash this season. I am not happy about not being able to trust what I am buying are the right seeds so I probably will not buy this brand again.Date published: 2012-04-26Rated 5 out of 5 by Mort from A summer filled with Spaghetti Squash `Spaghetti Squash really grow well in Western Pennsylvania. Out of five vines, my garden produced twelve healthy mellons. I lost a couple of them to the neighbor kids, but overall they were worth growing. After preparing and eating a squash, I knew they were "comfort food". My whole body rested better, after I ate one of these "yellow beauties".Date published: 2009-09-22