Winter Squash

Joybilee Farm
Greenwood, British Columbia, Canada
February 9, 2019
A pumpkin for cold gardens
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

What are the pros? Hardy vines, good keeper

What are the cons? Only 1 fruit


I grew this last year in my mountain garden. I usually can't get squash to set because of our cold nights. We can get frost any day of the year. I planted this on May 24th in a paddock that housed sheep the winter before. We had our first frost on September 5th. I got only one mature fruit from one vine, but it was 52 pounds and gave us 26 pounds of deep orange, sweet pumpkin puree. This is the first pumpkin I've been able to mature in my garden in 15 years. I also planted a scallop squash and Zucchino Rampicante Squash. But none of their flowers set in our cold nights. I did plant all the seeds in the package but only one of the vines had a Rouge Vif Etampes pumpkin. I had orange fruits from some of the other vines but they weren't the right shape and all were soft skinned, watery, and possibly not mature when harvested. I also have success with Costata Romanesco Squash here. But most squash won't set fruit in my cold mountain summers. I was very pleased with this one.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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