85-100 days. 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
people, it has not been widely
available until recently. This
widely-adaptable winter squash
10- to 20-foot vines.
This packet sows 2 to 3 mounds.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperatures have risen above 60°F.
When to start inside: Not recommended except in very short season climates, 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Transplant carefully to avoid disturbing roots.
Harvesting: Harvest just before the first fall frost, (do not leave in the garden when temperatures drop below 30°F) when the squash’s rind is hard enough that you can’t dent it with your fingernail. Cut, (don’t break the stems off) leaving 2" of stem attached. If stem attachment is broken, the squash may rot in a few weeks. Though fruits are hard and may seem indestructible, treat them gently; a bruised squash spoils quickly.
Artist: Carolyn Crawford