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Queensland Blue Winter Squash (Heirloom, 105 Days)

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Heirloom. This excellent, 20 pound, round, flattened squash was imported initially from Australia in 1932. It is characterized by deeply ribbed blue skin. The dense, semi-sweet orange flesh is very flavorful. A dependable keeper. 15 seeds

15 seeds

PLANTING

Cucurbita maxima

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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    08/21/2021
    Amanda
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Awesome flavor!!

    This variety has very quickly become one of our favorite squash! It has an almost acorn squash flavor, yet more earthy, with that pumpkin flavor and delightful sweet smell. It’s so ridiculously creamy, and soo tasty! And the color contrast pull the outer skin being the slate blue, and the flesh being such a pretty orange... It’s definitely going to be a staple for years to come in our garden for sure! The Long Island Cheese ones pictured were also purchased from this company, and are another one that will be sticking around in our garden!

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