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Carnival Winter Squash (F1 Hybrid, 85 Days)

4 reviews

Very colorful acorn squash that you can find at grocery stores and roadside stands in the fall. Skin is flecked with shades of green, gold, yellow, and cream. Fruit is so attractive that it is usually used in decorations but Carnival also has an excellent flavor that only improves with storage, so display it a while and then eat it. Semi-bush plants provide heavy yields. 

15 seeds


Cucurbita pepo

Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2-1" deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 36-48" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: Sow after last frost when soil temperature is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 36-48". 

How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 3-5 hills

Harvest: Before heavy frost. Determine ripeness when the skin has turned color and becomes dull dry. You will be unable to create a dent when pressing your thumbnail into it. Leave two inches of the stem on the squash and manage carefully so there is no damage which can shorten storage life. Cure for 7-10 days in the sun to harden the rind and increase storage quality. Wipe any debris off skin before storing in a cool dark place with 50-55ºF temperatures and 50-65% humidity.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.


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Mark H.
United States United States
reliable, attractive and tasty winter squash

Great acorn/dumpling type squash. Very decorative and nice roasted. Less sprawling than most winter squash and with proper care, very productive. Often 8+ per vine all in the 1-2 pound range. Very good flavor and sweetness. Well received at our small produce stand.

Lynn C.
United States United States
carnival acorn squash

i have grown this squash from your seeds for a number of years. It is quite beautiful (I use a few of them every year as Thanksgiving decorations), and in my cold, dank basement it keeps until March. I live at 6,500’ so have a short growing season. I start the seeds in mid-May in pots and plant them outside around the beginning of June. I know the conventional wisdom is that squash don’t transplant well, but this works fine for me with both acorn squash, Hubbard squash and even zucchini; it gives me a needed head start on the growing season for winter squash and a couple of extra weeks of fresh zucchini. It can freeze here as early as Labor Day so a little head start is worth the effort.

Heather H.
United States United States
Best squash ever!

Abundant yields, sweet smooth flavor. Definitely our new favorite!! Grows well on wire cattle panels. We would highly recommend!

Carol B.
Fun to grow and taste great

I love all kinds of squash and figured that with these being so pretty with the colorful skins the flavor may have been lacking, but I was wrong. In my small. 4 x 8 bed I got almost 20 squashes. I wish we could post pictures because they were so pretty. I plant in mid June and by planting later seem to skip bugs; nothing bothered these and we loved eating them. Will grow again.