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Squash 'Summer Mix' F1 hybrid (Summer)Cucurbita pepoPatty Pan Squash
What is Half-Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season. Can be grown outdoors but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.
Squash 'Summer Mix' bears prolific crops that can be harvested from June to October, with mature fruits storing well. Bushy plants produce long, spiny stems bearing plenty of scalloped fruits if harvested regularly. These versatile Patty Pan squash can be picked at different stages depending on how they are to be cooked. Golf ball sized 'Patty Pans' are tender and soft skinned for eating whole and raw. Larger 7cm (3") fruits can be steamed or sliced for stir fries. If left to mature, these squash can be stuffed or baked for a delicious light lunch. This colourful mix includes the varieties 'Twinkle F1', 'Kermit F1' and 'Polo'. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 150cm (59").
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Water squash regularly - do not allow the soil to dry out as this will impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Squash appreciate an application of a high potash fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season. Harvest squash in late summer and autumn, before the first frosts, when the skin has hardened and the fruits start to crack near to the stem. Harvest squash by cutting each fruit from the stem leaving several inches of the stem attached.
Sow seeds April to May indoors 3-4 weeks before last spring frost. Sow seeds 1cm (1/2") deep, in pots of moist seed sowing mix. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a constant temperature of between 20-25°C (68-77°F). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the seed sowing mix moist but not waterlogged;germination will usually take 5-7 days.Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed and all risk of frost has passed.
When at the 2 leaf stage, transplant seedlings on into 13cm (5in) pots for a few weeks before planting out, 60cm (24in) apart in a sunny sheltered spot on rich, well-drained soil.
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