Acorn squash is a variety of winter squash that generate dark green, small fruits which resembles to acorn. Basically acorn squash are eaten cooked even if it is slowly gaining popularity being a raw veggie. It is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C and manganese and potassium as well as fiber.
Growing Acorn Squash Start from the Seed
You can grow acorn squash indoors in a container or sow them into the backyard. However, a lot of cultivators decide to plant acorn squash inside and afterwards relocate it outside when there is no risk of frost.
When indoor planting, start the seeds about three to four weeks prior to have the last spring frost. That time the seedling will get extremely large for the usual small seed trays. For stress free transplanting, start in bigger pots approximately three inches across. Cultivate seeds approximately 1 inch under the wet soil.
Make sure to keep pots warm awaiting the seeds grow. You can plant three to five seeds in every pot, thin down to two or three strong seeds. Once you transfer afterwards, the plants could just keep together in every hill.
Transplanting the Plants
The seedling could be transferred about two weeks, make sure the risk of frost is passed. Soil must be humid. Growing Acorn Squash requires lots of spaces; you need to plant it in a wide backyard. At least three feet in all directions around every hill of squash, still you can grow two to three plants for every hill as the vines will only intertwine, letting your squash to share the area.
Plant your squash upright on a fence or trellis to save space. However make sure to avoid planning the seeds in hills. Plant them in a row. Also ensure the fence or trellis is sturdy to accommodate the growing acorn squash, because they will get relatively heavy afterwards.
Growing Acorn Squash Guides
When you plants begin to develop, the broad leaves shades out lots of weeds that makes maintenance so easy. In this state, keep them patch well wedded as well as water once the soil begins to dry out. Keep your acorn squash safe as they start to grow.
You can put a can lid under each plant to secure from the moist soil underneath. Acorn squash on your fence will not needs this, but you will surely need to tie them for some support.
Growing Acorn Squash in a Containers
This plant work fine in a container but make sure the pots are huge enough. Plant every acorn squash in a container approximately five gallons large. Your best choice for container bin planting is to sow a bush like Table King. Still it may need some assistance, but the thick shape is compact than squash.
Acorn Squash Diseases
You need to keep your squash safe from leaf eating pests and insects like squash bug or cucumber beetle as they could cause considerable damage to your plants. These pests are big making them easy to see. Remove them by hand and spray your plants on a daily basis using natural insecticides.
However insects such as vine borers are sneaker. They eat the stalks of your plants at the soil. Watch for drooping leaves as this is a sign of borers attack. Pull up your plants right away, and trim open the stalks. Pull the dying plants right away to avoid invasion.
Harvest and Storing Acorn Squash
An acorn squash weigh one and three kilos and every vine will produce four to five acorn squash. Not like other types of squash, you shouldn’t pick acorn while they are young and small.
Also you should not harvest your acorn squash on and off in the season, but have a big bunch of acorn squash come mature all at once. This will store fine in your refrigerator for two to three weeks. All kinds of squash are suited to longer storing as of their thick covering.