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About This Plant...
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus and species: Cucurbita pepo var. melopepo
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 3-4 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 1 week after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: -
Germination temp.: 70-95 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1 inch
Days to maturity: 50-70 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 24-48 inches (bush); 36-96 inches (vining)
Spacing between rows: 36-60 inches (bush); 72-96 inches (vining)
Growing On...
Pests: cucumber beetles, squash vine borers, squash bugs, stinkbugs, pickleworms
Diseases: fusarium wilt, downy mildew, powdery mildew, bacterial wilt, blossom end rot
Harvest: when immature and tender; keep plants harvested for continual production
Growing tips: summer squash bears quite heavily, so just a few plants per household will yield plenty of fruit

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