Acorn squash plant growing herbaceous of the genus Cucurbita also known as Pepper squash, Acorn squash annual plant grows as shrub or creeping vine, also used as ornamental fruit, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics, temperate, tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.
Growing Acorn squash plant
Flower color is yellow, there are female and male flower.
Fruits edible in round-top shape there is like lobes, color fruit are green, orange or yellow. The weight is 200-400 gram. The size 5-8 cm,
Seeds edible, the shell white and the inner part is edible after cooking or roasting.
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Requirements for Acorn squash growing and care:
Recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, sometime need trellising
What is the best way to start growing?
Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Attacked easily, when the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die
Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, moth, virus, beetles
No need. But possible all the season
How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, also try to clean them
Size of the plant?
0.5-2 m, 20-80 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
General information about the flower:
Yellow flower with five lobs, there are female and male flowers
Thinning the bloom:
Sometimes happened because disease or not enough water, or need hand poination
Pollination is done by:
Bees and more pollinators, by hand
Fruit harvest season:
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Acorn squash fruits?
Cooked, baked, grilled, stir fry
Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometimes to space it from the ground
How long does it take to bear fruit?
85 days (3-5 month)
Grow from seeds
Easy to sow no special treatment
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place
Depend if trellising 20-30 cm
Depth of Sowing:
1-2 cm from the top
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising
Do the seeds require burying?
Acron Table Sugar – small fruit orange or green rind, the inside is orange
Cucurbita pepo var. turbinate