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CUCURBITA pepo 'Honey Bear'
Acorn Squash, Winter Squash
This 2009 All-America Selections award winner yields lots of extra small, rounded, acorn-type fruits with dark green skin and dense, very sweet, fine grained flesh. Perfect for single servings, the pint-sized fruits of this hybrid are especially delicious when hollowed out and baked with a bit of butter and brown sugar. They are borne on compact, mildew-resistant, bush type plants, and ripen approximately 85 days from sowing.
Like many winter squash cultivars, ‘Honey Bear’ is derived from the New World species Cucurbita pepo. These warm season, annual vines are monoecious, meaning single plants bear separate male and female flowers. The large, yellow, 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 winter squash 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. 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. Harvest before frost when the rinds are hard and fully colored, and the vines have begun to turn brown.
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 (20)
Hybrid Origin, North America, Mexico, Central America
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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