Honey Boat Winter Delicata Squash Seeds


This packet sows up to 9 mounds.
5 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
A baked and buttered 'Honey Boat' with or without a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar makes a succulent treat for a chilly autumn day! The rich, golden-orange squash has a delectably sweet, nutty flavor. High in calcium, potassium, folate, and vitamins A and C. There's no better way to enjoy summer sunshine in the depths of winter. 9'-12' vines.
$3.49 1.5 grams (~19 seeds)

Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo

Days to Maturity: 90 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: United States and Northern Mexico

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 9'–12'vines

Variety Information: 6"–8" long, 3" diameter, and about ¾–1 pounds. Outer shell is ribbed, yellow-tan with green stripes and flecks; flesh is golden orange. Developed by Oregon State University vegetable breeder Jim Baggett in 1988, 'Honey Boat' is a staple of the Oregon Thanksgiving dinner.

Type: Delicata

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: 4'–6'

Thinning: When 3" leaves, thin to 1–2 per mound

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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Honey Boat Winter Delicata Squash Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Garden Favorite! Great producer

5 out of 5 stars Oct 9, 2020
I direct sowed these seeds in a raised garden bed in late spring; all of the seeds I planted germinated within a few weeks. Once the weather warmed, these plants took off! I had them in the back of my garden closer to the fence, and it took them no time at all to start self-trellising. I had a lovely squash filled fence in the middle of summer with beautiful green leaves fluttering around! I did have a problem with leaf beetles (look like stink bugs) that laid eggs in mid summer... after a few weeks I had to take a bug zapper out with me to kill all the new bugs. Eesh. The bugs didn't bother the squash themselves though which is great. I counted a total of 20 squash hanging off the fence and laying on the ground once the plant stopped flowering. I'm waiting for the plant to fully die so the squash can cure in the sun before I pick them all! My family tried one a few days ago and it was delicious. We baked slices (skin on) in the oven with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a bit of brown sugar! It was so sweet and the skin was no hinderance. Can't wait until I can pick the rest off the vine! I'll be growing these next year :)
Marissa from NJ

Name fix it Honey boat

5 out of 5 stars Jul 27, 2021
If I remember right isn't this the original sweet potato? No matter what this is one of the most delicious squashes.
Stanward from CA
Owner Response: It sure makes a great substitute!

Delicious Delicata

5 out of 5 stars Nov 10, 2021
We chose these squash because you can eat the skin and they make such a great addition to many different dishes! They were fun to grow and we will definitely be planting them again in the future. Highly recommend.
Grace from CO

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