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Sweet Meat Winter Squash (Heirloom, 100 Days)

Apparently this variety is much favored on the West Coast and we can see why. The flesh is very dry, but with a nutty, sweet flavor. The skin is very hard and the color is an attractive bluish grey. Sweet Meat is an excellent keeper. Does very well in dry conditions, freezes well without blanching, and is a good pumpkin substitute.

15 seeds


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.


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Patty S.
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I recommend this product

Set meat winter squash review

The seeds arrived in fairly quickly, germinated well, and grew several squashes/vine. The one I’ve picked is 11 1/2” wide by 51/2” talk. Thick fleshed inside and dense and rich in flavor. Not too sweet.

Jean W.
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Sweet Meat Hubbard Squash

This is a very good winter squash, so sweet and plentiful, I am growing them again. I cooked and froze it for us and we are still enjoying it, since the new ones won't be ready until fall.

Fae S.
United States
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Good seeds

They germinated, quickly and I have strong healthy plants.

Carol S.
United States

Sweet Meat Winter Squash OMG What A Surprise

Very prolific squash seeds. Ended up with 13 of these huge flying saucer shaped squash. The largest one weighing in at 20.8 pounds. The taste is excellent! Would definitely plant these again.

Linda T.

Love this squash!!

Tried Sweet Meat a couple of years ago and it is my all time favorite. I think it is the best squash I have ever eaten. Please don't ever quit selling the seeds.