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Summer squash 'Tatuma'

Cucurbita pepo

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'Tatuma' is a Summer squash variety in the Cucurbita genus with a scientific name of Cucurbita pepo. Tatuma is a heirloom (open pollinated) variety.

(From Baker Creed Heirloom Seeds):


A must in Mexican cuisine, and also popular in certain parts of Texas. This old heirloom is picked small and used like zucchini, but these are so much better than standard supermarket zucchini! Round to slightly elongated, flavorful fruit are green in color; vigorous vining plants are fairly resistant to disease.


Tatume can be used early in the season when they’re small, or they can be allowed to mature on the vine and then cured in a cold cellar or cool room and kept like a winter squash. When used like a zucchini they can be harvested a 45 days.

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Normally growing to a mature height of 60.0 cm (1.95 feet), Tatuma grows with a vine-like habit.

Mexico is believed to be where Tatuma originates from.

Tatuma Summer squash needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Tatuma have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Tatuma

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Is slightly more drought-tolerant than most squashes.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Tatuma is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Tatuma are Zone 3 and Zone 12. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.6 and 7.5 as Tatuma likes to be in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Tatuma from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.46 feet (45.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.98 inches (2.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Tatuma about 14 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting Tatuma

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Tatuma is a tender plant.

Harvesting Tatuma

Pick them small for best flavor.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Tatuma folklore & trivia

An old traditional heirloom from Mexico.

Other Names for Summer squash 'Tatuma'

Mexican zucchini, Tatume