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Squash, Early Summer Crookneck

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Meaty fruits with small crookneck have bright yellow, bumpy skin.

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Meaty fruits with small crookneck have bright yellow, bumpy skin. Delicious flavor and fine texture. Ready to harvest about 53 days after seed is planted. GARDEN HINTS: Use when fruits are young and tender. Fertilize when fruits form to increase yield. Cultivate or mulch to control weeds.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Summer Crookneck

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

53 days

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

5-6 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.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jul-11

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 Summer Squash & 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.

Harvest Winter Squash & Preserving

  • Wait to until the fruit has matured to harvest.
  • Fruit will have a dull skin that is too hard to pierce with your thumbnail.
  • To harvest, cut fruit from the vine with shears leaving a 2- 3 inch stem on each squash.
  • Allow winter squash to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
  • Store winter squash in a cool dry place.
Summer Crookneck
Days To Maturity
53 days
Fruit Size
5-6 inches
Full Sun
24-36 inches
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Squash, Early Summer Crookneck is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terribly inconsistent 50% of the fruit harvested from these plans has a dark, thick leathery, inedible skin. Would not purchase these again.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The very best I had a seed pack from 2013 n planted 2 hills as an afterthought later than the zucchini. Mulched with grass clippings. Zucchini dying with worm in stem but these are starting to produce . Beautiful, tender, fabulous flavor ! I remember these from my dads garden in the 40's.. I will do this next year as I did this year, So very pleased. When I planted I used a organic fert. + handful of Epsom salts as my grandfather advised me years ago. NY zone 6
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most productive squash in my garden! This is by far the most productive squash plant in my garden and I have several! It's more productive than my zucchini plant! As far as the taste goes, it's incredibly delicious in any way--grilled, in soups, curries, everything! I am running out of recipes to try and neighbors to give them away to. Great plant!
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Summer Squash! Wonderful, buttery nutty flavor, thin skin!
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavor, flavor, flavor! Don't even bother with the other crooknecks. This is the one. After 35 years of backyard gardening and trying all the crookneck varieties, this is the only one I plant now. My kids hated summer squash until they ate this one. Now, my gradnkds love it. Why? Because IT TASTES GOOD! With just a touch of salt, it almost tastes like butter. Best when small and just turns yellow, but amazingly good even when about 3" across and all bumpy. Got a bumper crop this year in very poor rocky soil of central Utah. Great for short season summers.
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Getting good results First year planting these and so far they are one of my best producers in the garden. Tasty and good looking squash.
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Squash, not happy got the squash summer with meaty fruits with small crookneck and meaty bottoms, but the plant is hugh, and squash real small, all have been about 3 inches long and than they rot. Will never buy this seed again
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best summer squash I think the crookneck is the sweetest and most flavorful summer squash, and the Early Golden from Burpee is the best I have ever grown. Even when it is small, it has a full, buttery flavor. I favor it over Pic-N-Pic, which is more prolific but doesn't have the flavor of this one. Best when used before it gets too big, pick at about 6-7". You might want to use gloves - as my kids say, 'this one is pokey!' with little spines.
Date published: 2008-06-06
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