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Summer squash 'Delicata'

Cucurbita pepo

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Delicata is a variety of Summer squash which is a member of the Cucurbita family. Its botanical name is Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata'. Delicata is a heirloom variety.

Produces a showy large yellowy-orange flower, followed by the fruit after pollination. The fruits can range from 1-2 lbs, with reportedly fruits as large as 3 lbs. The fruit has a creamy white skin with green stripes running down its sides, and the skin is even edible.
While Delicata is in the same species as summer squashes, it in fact straddles the fence between the two. It can be harvested and eaten immediately (skin and all) like most summer squashes, or it can be ‘cured’ (left in a cooler location, like a porch or a cold cellar). Curing it lets it keep like a winter squash. Cured they can be kept successfully for 6 months.


Delicata is resistant to powdery mildew.

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 grows to a mature height of 65.0 cm (2.11 feet). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Mexico is believed to be where Delicata originates from.

Delicata Summer squash tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

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

How to grow Delicata

  • Full Sun

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Plant about 6 to 8 seeds per hill spacing hills 3 to 4 feet apart.

Thinning: Thin or transplant to 3 healthiest plants per hill. Leave 18 to 24 in. between plants in rows.

Grow in sunny location with rich, somewhat moist well drained soil.

Harvest and enjoy the earliest fruit, save later maturing fruit for winter harvest. Gather before frost leaving part of the stem attached. Store in a cool dry place.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Delicata is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Delicata are Zone 3 and Zone 12. Delicata needs a loamy soil with a ph of 6.1 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Delicata from seed

Keep Soil moderately moist during germination.

Aim to sow 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 1.46 feet (45.0 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 18°C / 64°F.

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

Transplanting Delicata

Seed directly into the garden in late spring after weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Seeds can be also started in individual peat pots indoors or in the greenhouse 2 to 3 weeks before setting out.

Delicata is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Delicata

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid autumn.

Summer squash Delicata Etymology

Delicata is an heirloom Italian squash with sweet flavoured flesh and soft skin.
Helpers and Wiki editors—Please note that the hybrid squash ‘Sweet Dumpling’ does not belong connected to this entry for heirloom Delicata!
Sweet dumpling hybrid squash is not the heirloom Delicata.
It is a hybrid squash created by crossing Acorn with Delicata, and some other unknown squashes.

Other Names for Summer squash 'Delicata'

Sweet potato squash, zeppelin squash, Delicata italian

Footnotes

Ed Hume Seed Packet