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CUCURBITA maxima 'Golden Delicious'
Golden Delicious Winter Squash, Winter Squash
Originally introduced in 1926, winter squash ‘Golden Delicious’ is a cross between the heirloom cultivars ‘Boston Marrow’ and ‘Delicious’. The rounded, basketball-sized fruits are pointed at the stem and blossoms ends, and have deep red-orange, warty skin. The smooth, orange-yellow flesh is quite tasty and fine for baking, canning or freezing. This squash is also a good keeper. Fruits are ready for harvest approximately 100 days from sowing.
Cultivated since ancient times by Native Americans, winter squash are warm season, annual vines originating from tropical South America. The rambling stems of these plants bear large, golden yellow, trumpet shaped blossoms. Both male and female flowers occur on the same plant, and are pollinated by bees. The male flowers appear first, followed by the female flowers which can be recognized by the distinctive, bulbous ovaries at their bases. Following pollination, the female flowers develop into fruits; these are often masked by the plant’s huge, bristly, lobed leaves.
Sow the seeds of winter squash directly in mounds of rich, light, well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed. Full sun is required for successful flowering and fruiting. To reduce the risk of fungal problems, avoid unnecessary wetting of vine stems and leaves. Monitor closely for leaf bugs and beetles, and for stem borers at the bases of the vines. As fruits mature in autumn, deer, birds and rodents may browse them, so protect as needed. Harvest before heavy frosts when the vines begin to brown and the rind is firm and solid in color. Cut from the vine leaving a short stem, taking care not to cut or bruise the fruits. Store in a cool, dry location, leaving space for air circulation to discourage the spread of mold.
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A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m
3'-20' / 0.9m - 6.1m
Green, Light Green
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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