How to grow Acorn squash

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

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, moth, virus, beetles

Pruning season:
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

Water requirement:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Late spring

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 information

Fruit harvest season:

Fruits pests or diseases:
Powdery mildew

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

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow no special treatment

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place

Sowing season:

Planting spacing:
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

Germination time:
5-20 days

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

Scientific name:

Cucurbita pepo var. turbinate

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone