Top Questions About Winter Squash Plants

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Questions About Winter Squash Plants

Asked by
lorettah on
February 1, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Heather on
February 2, 2011
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A.

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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 21, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. Fertilize My Winter Squash

When should I fertilize my winter squash or how often?

Answered by
Cathy on
July 24, 2011
A.

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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 13, 2011
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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

Q. Winter Squash Rot

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

Asked by
Anonymous on
September 7, 2011

Q. Winter Squash

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

Answered by
Nikki on
September 8, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 21, 2011

Q. 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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