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Gelber Englischer Summer (Patty Pan) Squash Seeds

Gelber Englischer Summer (Patty Pan) Squash Seeds


"Gelber Englischer" fruits are a vibrant yellow, with creamy yellow and light green stripes. This variety is an heirloom originally from the Gatersleben seed bank in Germany. For best flavor and texture, harvest squash starting at 2" wide up to 4" wide. Squash can be eaten when larger than 4", but seeds inside will be larger and less desirable. If left on the vine, fruits will become quite large and mature to a dark orange color. At this maturity, fruits are best for decoration rather than eating.
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Variety Info

Days to Maturity: 60 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Type: Patty Pan Squash, Bush Squash, Summer Squash (Learn more)

Native: North America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Exposure: Full sun

Plant Dimensions: 2' tall by 3'-4' bush type plant.

Variety Info: Best harvested at 2"-4" round, shallow disk shape with scalloped, ruffled edges and smooth texture. Bright yellow in color with pale yellow stripes.

Attributes: Frost Sensitive

Sowing Info

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.

Days to Emerge: 5- 10 days

Seed Depth: 1/2"-1"

Seed Spacing: 2-3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 3'-4'

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

Growing Info

Harvesting: Harvest frequently to increase yield; squash seem to get monstrous overnight. While edible at 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 shorter stems).

Special Care: Floating row covers can help protect from squash vine borer and cucumber beetles. Remove covers when plants begin flowering. Another method to exclude vine borers is to 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, 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.