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Long Island Cheese Winter Squash (Heirloom, 90 Days)

Heirloom 1824. This East Coast heirloom is thought of as a great pie squash. The name comes from the similarity in shade and shape to a big wheel of cheese. Buff colored skin reveals attractive, firm orange flesh. Fruits are 6-8 pounds and storage qualities are excellent. 

15 seeds

PLANTING

Cucurbita moschata

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.

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. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Select the more compact varieties if your space is limited.

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    LK
    05/23/2018
    Lee K.
    United States

    Long island cheese squash seeds

    So far, so good. The seeds germinated and produced a good start under gro lights. The starts survived planting into my oklahoma garden and so far have produced only one squash bug (now dead). I look forward to harvest and long-term storage over next winter, but much can still go wrong.

    JA
    01/28/2018
    Jo Anne
    Boise, ID

    Worth growing

    I didn't get them in early enough this year, and they were the first to freeze this fall before ripening fully. In years past, however, they were very prolific and tasty. Pretty on the outside, and reminds me of butternut squash on the inside.

    JW
    01/24/2018
    Julie Wallace

    Long Island Cheese -- Beautiful & tasty

    Long Island Cheese Winter Squash is one of our favorites. We've grown it from seed from Pinetree for two years now and it is prolific, gorgeous and tasty. It's a converaation starter too as folks don't know whether it's a pumpkin or a squash. The unique coloring, flat shape and ribbed surface are a delight so you can use it in fall arrangements, then cook it up and enjoy the yumminess!