Cushaw Squash grow and care – herbaceous vine of the genus Cucurbita also known as Cushaw pumpkin, Cushaw Squash annual plant and grow for the edible fruits also can be used as fruit ornamental, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+, need to take care that there is enough hot days in order to bear fruits.
Leaves color green in round to heart shape with five lobes.
Flower edible color yellow, there is female and male flowers, female bigger than male flower.
Cushaw Squash edible fruits
Fruits color white, green, yellow or yellow with green stripes that create like zebra pattern, bottle, round, oval or round-top, weight can be 2-10 Kg and size 15-50 cm.
Seeds edible are white and edible after cooking eat or sauce.
Recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, sometime need trellising, well-drained soil, slightly acid
What is the best way to start growing? Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No
Difficulties or problems when growing: When the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die
Planting season: Spring to summer, but better in the spring and in hardiness zone 4-7 need to start in the middle of the winter indoor, the plant need enough hot days when mature to bear fruits without, if the plant won’t be with mature fruits in the autumn or the plant won’t bear fruits or the fruits will die before fully ripen, also better to choose cultivar that bear the fruits faster.
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? ~40cm (16 inche)
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Bloom season: Late spring
General information about the flower Yellow flower with five petals, 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: Summer to autumn
Fruits pests or diseases: Powdery mildew
What can be done with big quantities of Cushaw 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? 120-180 days (3-5 month)
How to grow Cushaw Squash from seeds
Sowing requirement: Easy to sow no special treatment, sowing temperature better to sow in 21-25C (70-77F)
Saving seeds until sowing: Room temperature, dry place
Sowing season: Spring and in cold climate start in the winter indoor because it’s need at least 3 month of hot weather
Planting spacing: 40*50cm (16*20 inches)
Depth of Sowing: 1-2cm (0.5-1 inch) 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? No
Alternative names: Cushaw plant, Japanese pie pumpkin, Cushaw pumpkin, Silver-seed gourd