A decorative small-fruited squash, Festival has a marbled outer skin encasing sweet, nutty flavoured, pale orange flesh. The trailing vines of Squash Festival play host to fruits of about 680g (1½lb), which are also good for long term storage. Sweet flesh with a delicate nutty flavour. Ideal for roasting and baking.
Culinary note: Squash flowers are edible.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.
Sow seeds April to May. Sow in 7.5cm (3in) pots at 20-25C (68-77F) of a good free draining, damp seed compost, 12mm (1/2in) deep. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag until after germination which takes 7-10 days.
Growing instructions Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 7-10 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 90cm (36in) apart. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed. Sow 2 seeds every 90cm (36in) and later thin out to the strongest seedling.
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