Lakota Winter Squash Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 4 mounds.
4.4 out of 5 stars
(5 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
This gorgeous squash is much more than a decoration. A superior baking variety, it has fine-grained flesh with an enticing, sweet, nutty flavor. Once a staple variety of the Lakota Sioux, it has not been widely available until recently. This adaptable winter squash stores well and, like all squash, is easy to grow from seed. 10- to 20-foot vines.
$3.49 2 grams (~8 seeds)

Botanical Name: Cucurbita maxima

Days to Maturity: 85–100 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Argentina and Uruguay

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 10'–20' vines

Variety Information: 8"–10" long, 6"–8" in diameter and 4–8 lbs. Outer shell color most often is crimson flecked with deep green radiating from the blossom end, but can vary with growing conditions, and be mostly orange, or mostly green; flesh is deep orange. It is widely adaptable and tolerant to many conditions.

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: 8'

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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Lakota Winter Squash Seeds Reviews

5 reviews

Lakota Squash

5 out of 5 stars Nov 6, 2019
Great seeds, produced well
Ray Nelson from UT

Awesome job

5 out of 5 stars Jan 20, 2021
I received my order in a reasonable time.. I love the seed packets, I cannot really say much more than that because I have not planted them yet...
Jacklyn Diede from MO

Great squash

5 out of 5 stars Sep 3, 2021
Direct sown after the last frost and I started some in peat pots indoors. Because this is native to my region I was very excited to try it! Out of 10 seeds started, the direct sown germinated and died, the peat pots were very successful. After harvest of 5 plants I had 14 good size squash, most the size of basketballs. I will continue to plant these for years to come.
Emily from ND


4 out of 5 stars Nov 11, 2021
I had a hard time with these plants. I have to start everything indoors because of a short growing season. The seeds did not germinate well. Once I got the new plants started it was time to plant and they struggled to grow. I planted 3 hills of 3 plants each and got only 5 total squash. They taste great and I will try again next year. I think they are worth the struggle!
Lynn from CO


3 out of 5 stars Aug 26, 2022
I'm pretty sure the Lakota Squash seeds that I received were cross pollinated. I buy my seeds instead of seed saving to prevent planting seeds that were cross pollinated. My "Lakota Squash" is some type of gourd that is full and round at the stem and narrows towards the blossom end. It is all orange with just a little green at the blossom end, basically it looks nothing like the pictures of Lakota Squash. One of my plants from these seeds grew actual Lakota Squash, but it's still disappointing to have wasted time, energy and space growing something that is likely inedible.
Ann from MN
Owner Response: Hello Ann, We're sorry that you are not happy with the results of your Lakota Squash. Based on your description, it does not sound like there was a cross-pollination issue. Typically, the outer shell color is crimson flecked with deep green coming from the bloom end. This can vary with growing conditions and be mostly orange but the plant is adaptable and tolerant to many conditions which would not make the squash inedible. If you would like to send us a picture of your squash, we would be happy to assure you that it is safe to eat!

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