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Sweet Lightning Winter Squash (F1 Hybrid, 100 Days)

We love this little dual purpose winter squash. Very decorative; looks like a mini pumpkin, perfect for a shelf. Supreme eating; excellent sweet flavor, smooth flesh with orange and white striped , spotted skin. Easy to eat, single serving 1-1 1/2 lb. fruit that stores well. Cut in half, scoop out the seeds add some butter and bake or roast.

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
Best taste in a small package

Our favorite small winter squash/pumpkin. These are hard to get up and a pain to keep growing compared to the other 11 varieties we tend to always grow. But the kids love it at Halloween for decorating and then we start roasting them in November. We usually have them until Jan/Feb when we run out. They are nearly as sweet as a sweet potato. We simply cut in half, scoop the seeds, wrap in foil and bake until soft. Let it cool and enjoy. Doctor with maple syrup and cinnamon for a dessert like treat.

Sheila H.
United States United States
Sweet Lightning winter squash

I have grown this variety for many years. It is decorative, but also very good as a squash/pumpkin. I use it for decoration, then when it is time to take down the fall decorations, I cook it and eat it!

Sprawling but wonderful

The vines on this squash sprawl everywhere, but the squash are exactly as described - beautiful and tender. They're not super sweet, but the size is fantastic. I like to slice them up and roast them, or put them directly in soups. If you use moist heat to cook them you can eat the skins, even though they don't get as soft as delicata skins.