I had a garden club member grow some Georgia candy roaster squash for me. In July she brought me five squash and said that the vines were dying. I usually let the vines die in the fall then pick the winter squash then. Do you think the squash seeds will continue to ripen if the squash was picked in July? thanks, Terru
If is not likely the seeds will continue to mature.
You certainly can harvest and dry the seeds, but the germination rate would likely be poor.
Hello, This is the first year I am growing this squash. When will I know it is ready to harvest? Also is it able to be stored as a winter squash? Thank you!
Because this squash has a harder rind, it can be stored as a winter squash. To know when it is ready, press your fingernail into the rind, and when it is hard, then it is ready to harvest. This article will be of further help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/delicata-squash-information.htm
Can Winter squash tolerate a light frost out in the garden?? I covered them with sheets and straw. But they had little dark spots on them. Will this harm the squash?? Will it still store well??
A light frost should not harm winter squashes themselves, but may harm or kill the vines. They should still store well. A hard freeze will damage or ruin the squash, so harvest them if any is predicted. Here is more information:
I have 2 small raised garden beds and one is made out of a pallet that has pumpkin plants on one side and winter squash on the other and of coarse you can't control how they grow so they have inter mingled with each other with I don't care about but I live in Central Texas and most days it is 100 or more degrees and my plants get direct sun all day from sun to sun down. My pallet garden does not really have a lot of soil so it gets more water than typical pumpkin plants. My question is should I shade them during the hottest part of the day like the 2pm - 5pm time frame? I have a sun shade I have that I was using when before I knew that they get wilty leaves in the middle of the day. It does block UV and UVB rays. I'm afraid the stalks and roots are just getting to hot. Any thoughts?
8 plus hours are needed for the plants.
Most vines wilt under the bright, hot afternoon sun, but if you see foliage wilting before 11:00 a.m., that’s a sign that they need water.
If you have been using the shade you can gradually use it less to harden off the seedlings. If you confident they are receiving enough sun and they are growing well; you certainly can continue to use the shade cloth.
when can I harvest winter squash?
The answer is very general. They don't have a set maturation period. When you can thump it and it sounds hollow, this will indicate that the fruit is ripe.
This article will offer more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/growing-winter-squash.htm
As long as the room stays between 50-55 degrees, then it will be fine. If it is above or below that, then you will need to choose a different storage location.
This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/storing-winter-squash.htm
When my butternut squash plants is spreading there is a white bug chews out the inside of squash stem. What can I do to prevent this?
It sounds like a squash vine borer. This is quite common. Here is an article that will help you to deal with this issue: