Delicata Bush Squash is an open-pollinated heirloom winter squash, with 3-4 ft vines with dark green striped fruit. Delicata has a great, sweet, cooked quality with smooth flesh and beautiful yellow-orange color. Skin is tender when cooked. Approximately 160 seeds /oz., 16 seeds./ 3 g pkg. Germination temperature: 70-80 deg. Resistant to Powdery Mildew. Squash seed can remain viable for up to 6 years if stored in a cool dry location.
Planting and Care: After danger of frost is past, directly sow seeds 1 inch deep into hills of rich, well-amended soil in full sun, spaced 3 ft. apart. Sow 3-4 seeds into each hill and thin to 1-2 seedlings. For the earliest harvest, sow seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in the spring, maintaining a soil temperature of 75 degrees. Shift hardened seedlings to the garden or into larger containers after the last frost and the soil has warmed. Water regularly at ground level to avoid wetting the leaves and fertilize the plants when they are around 6” (15 cm) tall and again in mid-summer.
Harvest: Before fall frosts, clip stems close to the vine, leaving a long stem attached to the squash. Remove the fruits from the plant when they reach full size, are brightly colored, and the skin loses its shine and cannot be punctured by a fingernail. Store in a cool place with plenty of air circulation.
Your Health: Squashes are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A and C and beta-carotene. It is also a good source of manganese, magnesium and potassium.
Light: Full sun
Seed Depth: 1 ” / 24 mm
Seed Spacing: Groups of 3-4
Row Spacing: 3’ / 1 m
Days to Sprout: 5-12
Plant Spacing: 2-3’ / .5 -1 m
Days to Maturity 80-100
Net Wt per packet: 3 gm, Approx. 16 seeds