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CUCURBITA pepo 'Amberpic'
Amberpic Summer Squash, Summer Squash
The medium-sized fruits of this hybrid straightneck-type summer squash are elongated and plump with firm yet tender, pale buttery-yellow skin. The dense, smooth white flesh has superior flavor, and surrounds a very small seed cavity. Fruits are ready for harvest approximately 40 days from sowing, and should be picked often and early for best yields.
Summer squash are grown for their immature fruits harvested early in the season. Many cultivars, including ‘Amberpic’, are derived from the New World species Cucurbita pepo. This warm season, annual vine is monoecious, meaning single plants bear separate male and female flowers. These are large, yellow and funnel shaped. Male blossoms are generally produced first, followed by the fruit-producing female flowers, which are distinguished by bulbous ovaries at the bases. Following pollination by bees, these develop into fruits, which are often obscured by the plant’s large, coarse, heart-shaped or deeply lobed foliage.
Plant squash seeds in full sun and deep, rich, well-drained loam when the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Regular water is essential, but the plants will not tolerate soggy conditions or wet feet. Where drainage is not optimal, it is advisable to plant them in raised mounds of fertile, porous soil. Vining varieties can be trellised if space is limited. Watch closely for squash bugs, cucumber beetles and vine borers at the base of the stems. Yearly crop rotation and removal of dead plant debris at the end of the growing season can help to minimize insect and disease problems.
12 - 1
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
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)
3'-30' / 0.9m - 9.1m (12)
Hybrid Origin, North America, Mexico, Central America
Yellow, Orange, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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