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Summer squash 'Delicata Bush'

Cucurbita pepo

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Delicata Bush is a popular variety of Summer squash, which belongs to the Cucurbita genus (Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata Bush'). Delicata Bush is a (open pollinated) variety.

Wonderfully adaptable to small spaces, with a sweet, nutty flavor that hints at brown sugar. A major improvement over previous varieties, with a semibush habit that adapts easily to small gardens and patio plantings. Fruits are smooth, well-formed and weigh up to 2 lbs. each. As attractive as an ornamental squash, but with superb flavor. A good yielder, highly tolerant to powdery mildew.

Bush types of winter squash require warm growing weather and will withstand hot weather but are easily killed by frost. For an early crop, sow 3 seeds in a peat pot 3-4 weeks before planting outdoors. To direct seed, sow the seed at a depth of 1 inch after danger of frost has passed. Hills of 4 or 5 seeds may be planted 5 feet apart and thinned to 2 or 3 plants. Planting in rows with a spacing of 4 to 6 feet, sow 2 seeds every 2 feet and thing to the best plant per spot. Let fruits fully mature and vines die back before harvest. Harvest when the fruit is mature and skin is hard. Winter Squash will keep well if stored in a cool, dry place. Exposure to frost may reduce storage quality.

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Normally grows to a mature height of 30.0 cm (11.7 inches).

Delicata Bush 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 Delicata Bush have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Delicata Bush

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Delicata Bush likes a position of full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Delicata Bush 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 Delicata Bush are Zone 3 and Zone 12. Ensure your soil is loamy and has a ph of between 6.1 and 7.5 as Summer squash is a weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing Delicata Bush from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.98 feet (61.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.99 inches (2.54 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Delicata Bush about 10 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Delicata Bush

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

Harvesting Delicata Bush

Other Names for Summer squash 'Delicata Bush'

Bush Delicata

Latest Summer squash 'Delicata Bush' Reviews

  • I think if I want delicata squash I’ll get them at the farmers market or the grocery, and save my limited garden space for more exotic or better-fresh squash varieties.

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