What are the pros? Flavor, Bug Resistance
What are the cons? Slow Grower, Low Production
I have grown this variety two years in a row in Illinois, about 30 miles from Lake Michigan, and 20 miles south of Wisconsin. Upon planting, the seeds come up easily and the plants grow well, however, they take forever to set fruit. In the beginning it is slow and sporadic. It is only when you get to around September that the vines set fruit like mad, but given our growing season, it is often too late. The end result is that off of 8 vines, I typically get 3-4 grown to maturity. While that sounds like it isn't worth the effort, you would be wrong, because there is no better tasting squash out there. The fruits are quite large at maturity, they will keep for several months, and because they are so creamy, sweet, and amazingly delicious, I save them exclusively for holidays and special occasion meals. In other words, these are Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, or birthday quality squash. Savor them, and if you have a longer growing season - lucky you!
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