Gold Nugget Winter Squash

Organic, Heirloom

#3140
This packet sows up to 6 mounds.
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Eureka! When you harvest this squash, you will have found the mother lode! Bred for long storage, heavy yields of sweet potato-like, firm, orange interior, and quick-maturity, which is great for short-season gardens. Also known as Oriental pumpkin, 1-3 pound squash grow on a small, bush-type plant with 4-10 fruits setting in a cluster at the base; excellent for small spaces. Stores up to 6 months. A 1966 All-America Selections winner.
$2.99 2 grams
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Botanical Name: Cucurbita maxima

Days to Maturity: 85 Days

Family: Organic, Heirloom

Native: Cucurbitaceae

Hardiness: Argentina and Uruguay

Plant Dimensions: Bush type plant with about 36" spread

Variety Information: 1- to 3-pound fruit resembles a small pumpkin, with an orange, lightly ribbed exterior, and bright orange or salmon flesh. 'Gold Nugget' was developed in 1966 at the North Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station as a fast-maturing storage vegetable for northern areas; a substitute for the southern-grown sweet potato.

Attributes: Good for Containers, Long Storage

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 your average last frost date. Roots sensitive to disturbance; sow in 4" 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: 1"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 36"–48"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 – 2 per mound

Special Instructions: To help protect plants against common pests like squash vine borer and cucumber beetles, use floating row covers, and remove covers when plants begin flowering. To further protect against vine borers, you can also cover the base of the stems near the ground with mulch, foil, or fabric material, as the base of the stem is where insect eggs are laid. Squash plants are susceptible to fungal disease, too, so make sure plants have ample space for air circulation. Sowing pollinator-attracting plants near squash can assist in proper pollination, resulting in a bigger harvest and well-shaped fruit.

Harvesting: Harvest when the squash's rind is hard enough that you can't dent it with your fingernail and before first frost. Cut stem, (don't break it off) leaving 2" of stem attached, which keeps the squash whole, leaving no opening for infection. Though fruits are hard and may seem indestructible, treat them gently; bruising can spoil squash.

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