Lakota Winter Squash Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

#3149
This packet sows up to 4 mounds.
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.
$2.99 2 grams

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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