Winter Squash Plants

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  1. Squash Varieties in a Three Sisters Garden
  2. Seed Saving
  3. Fertilize My Winter Squash
  4. Winter Squash Watering Requirements
  5. Winter Squash Rot
  6. Winter Squash
  7. When Are Winter Squash Ripe?
Asked by lorettah on February 1, 2011
Squash Varieties in a Three Sisters Garden

The three sisters planting specifies winter squash or pumpkin. Is it OK to use summer squash in some of the planting, such as yellow or zucchini? In zone 8 or 9, the winter squashes do not fare well over summer and are usually planted in the late fall.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Traditionally, hard squash is used, but a summer squash will work as well. You just need the big leaves for shading the roots.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 20, 2011
Seed Saving

Do squash seeds need to be allowed to dry before they are planted again? I was given some winter squash to eat and like them so much that I would like to grow them for myself.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

While it's not always necessary, I prefer to dry out the seeds prior to planting. This article will help with growing vegetables from seeds: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/growing-vegetables-with-seeds.htm

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Asked by pilgrim1 on July 23, 2011
Fertilize My Winter Squash

When should I fertilize my winter squash or how often?

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Cathy

Assuming you added fertilizer when you first planted your squash, you should side dress with additional fertilizer/compost mid season. Winter squash are not heavy feeders, so one side dressing should be enough.

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Asked by Anonymous on August 12, 2011
Winter Squash Watering Requirements

What are the watering needs of winter squash? I have a high clay content to my soil. Not sure whether I’m over or under watering mine.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They need 2-4" of water a week, including the rainfall. With clay soil, you may need to water a bit less or more frequently to avoid developing water logged soil, which will harm the plants.

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Asked by baine on August 15, 2011
Winter Squash Rot

Why do most of my winter squash rot just after the flowers die?

Asked by Anonymous on September 7, 2011
Winter Squash

How long does it take winter squash that has been picked to get ripe?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on September 21, 2011
When Are Winter Squash Ripe?

I have several ‘winter’ squash plants, and last night they were frosted. I am wondering when the squash will be ready. I have butternut and acorn varieties.

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