Costata Romanesco Summer Squash Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 6 mounds.
Availability: In Stock
'Costata Romanesco' delivers a manageable harvest of high-quality, fluted fruits with complex flavor and firm texture. The striped and mottled skin stays tender even to 18", though in Italy they are picked at 4"-5" with the blossoms still attached. Large production of male blossoms for stuffing.
$2.69 1.5 grams

Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo

Days to Maturity: 52–60 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: North America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 2'–3' tall and 3'–4' wide

Variety Information: Best harvested under 12". Light gray-green fruits with lighter stripes and distinct ribbing. Good producer of male blossoms for cooking.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–85°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"–1"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 3'–4'

Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant per mound

Harvesting: Harvest frequently to increase yield; squash seem to get monstrous overnight. While edible at almost any size, seeds are less developed in young fruit, therefore more tender. Using a knife or clippers, cut squash off including some of the stem. By including stem, the fruit is sealed and less likely to mold or dry out. Harvesting Blossoms: Look for male, non-fruit producing flowers that have long stems and harvest just before use (female flowers have a swollen mini-squash at the base of the flower and are on shorter stems).

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My new favorite!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 20, 2018
I love these Roman courgettes! While I still get plenty of them, they don't seem to go as crazy as "regular" dark-green varieties. They also seem to be a bit slower-growing--they don't turn into baseball bats overnight (we've had a stretch of hot weather after a couple of good rains, which usually makes zucchini grow very quickly). They are very mild-tasting, and delicious. I will definitely keep growing these!
Allison Koster

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