How to grow Cushaw Squash

Cushaw Squash growing 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.

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How to grow Cushaw Squash growing and care:

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

Blooming information

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

Edible Fruits

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

Scientific name:

Cucurbita argyrosperma

Alternative names: Cushaw plant, Japanese pie pumpkin, Cushaw pumpkin, Silver-seed gourd

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