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Squash, Ronde de Nice

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Nutty flavor and tender flesh have made this a favorite of French squash lovers.

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An heirloom prized by generations of French squash connoisseurs for its mild, nutty flavor and ever-so-tender flesh and skin. Harvest when fruits are young, when they are merely 2-3" in diameter, and steam or saute. Ready in about 45-52 days.
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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.

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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.

45-48 days

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

1-4 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.

36-48 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 Specialty
Days To Maturity
45-48 days
Fruit Size
1-4 inches
Full Sun
36-48 inches
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
18 inches
Squash, Ronde de Nice is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I grew these squashes from seeds as I can't find it available in any place. I have 5 plants blooming these magnificent goodies and taste good
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious squash I ordered the seed for squash,Ronde de Nice and planted them a large container; it yielded so many tasty and creamy squash. Though we had a cold then very hot this plant continued producing. My only regret is not planted in lower bed because the plant produces at the bottom close to the mother plant. Will hopefully order this amazing squash seeds again.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did NOT Produce No one was more excited to give this squash a try. I had only 7 plants grow out of 30 planted. The plants were green and healthy with numerous blossoms and they yielded just 3 squash total. THREE SQUASH. What a waste of time , money and garden space.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious and Easy Love these little squashies! The taste and texture are superior to any other summer squash I've eaten. They're nutty, lightly sweet and tender. I started them indoors; every seed germinated and almost every seedling survived transplant. The plants grew to around 24"x24" and thrived in large pots on the patio. At any point in time, each plant had at least a half-dozen squash in development. With eight plants, there were plenty of male and female blossoms to ensure pollination. You would probably need at least three mature plants to ensure the constant presence of a male blossom. Unfortunately, the aphids also love these, so I had to regularly check under the leaves and spray. The plants stopped blooming during the worst of the summer (not surprising - very few plants want to produce fruit when it's 100F), but with ample watering and some selective trimming, they all survived and started blooming again in September. Just seeded some more of these, and this time I'm going to plant them in the beds in the hopes the proximity to the birds and other bugs will reduce the aphid population.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Squash Heaven You won't find this squash in a store or probably not anywhere else because the skin is delicate. I think this is best tasting squash I've ever eaten. It's a delicacy you can only get if you grow them yourself. I diced them and sauteed with garlic, stuffed them , and added them to soups. We ate them as soon as they were a few inched in diameter, We could get enough of them, The also have large blossoms if you like to eat blossoms. They produced longer than all other squash I've grown. You do need to pick almost daily and protect the delicate skin.
Date published: 2013-02-03
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