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Upper Ground Sweet Potato Squash Seeds (Cucurbita moschata cv.)

$3.95
Item #:
600573
Availability:
Usually ships in 2-3 business days.
Item #:
600573
Availability:
Usually ships in 2-3 business days.

Description

Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
This rare heirloom is a rugged variety that is tolerant of hot, dry weather, rendering it especially well-suited to the South.  The vines are vigorous, with large, dark, metallic green-striped leaves, and it produces an abundance of medium-large, round-to-bell-shaped, tan-skinned fruit and moist orange flesh that resembles that of the sweet potato, hence the name.  In 1790, Thomas Jefferson sent to Samuel Vaughan Jr. seed of a melon species resembling a pumpkin and tasting like the sweet potato, calling it "potateo-pumpkin".  The Upper Ground Sweet Potato Winter Squash can weigh up to 20 pounds when ripe.

Direct sow seeds in hills or rows after the last spring frost; for hills, sow 6-8 seeds per 12"-wide hill, then thin to the best 3 plants per hill.  To grow in a shorter season, start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost.  Approximately 10 seeds per packet.

 Exposure  Planting Method  Planting Depth  Plant Spacing  Days to Maturity  Size at Maturity 
Full Sun Direct Sow 1/2" Thin to plants 4' apart, rows 6'; or hills 6-8' apart 110 12-18"H

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