Alexandria Squash is a hybrid, Lebanese-type (also known as “Eskandrani”) squash. This variety is known for its disease-resistance and production in lower temperatures. Fruits are ready to harvest in some cases just 40 days after planting.
Fruits have a light-green coloration with subtle white specks. They have a cylindrical shape which is similar to a smaller zucchini. Plants are vigorous and have an open growing habit for quick and easy harvesting. They can be prepared like traditional summer squash, but are especially great when stuffed with meat, cheese, and other goodies!
Squash may be direct-seeded or transplanted, although we highly recommend direct seeding. To ensure a good stand, we recommend planting squash seeds every 12″ along the intended row. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Squash can be susceptible to plant diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew if leaves receive excess moisture. As a result, we recommend using drip irrigation on the squash to reduce plant moisture and feed plants more effectively. During periods of heavy rainfall, using a fungicide like Liquid Copper can help to alleviate disease pressure as well.
Squash is a crop that will require multiple harvests throughout the growing season. Regardless of variety, squash will have better flavor and texture when harvested on the small end of the spectrum. We recommend harvesting every 2-3 days to ensure no fruits become too large and unpalatable. When squash plants cease production, remove the plants from the garden to prevent any fungal spores from overwintering and becoming a problem in future years. Proper crop rotation is extremely important with all squash varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.
Alexandria Squash Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 18-24″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 50
Disease Resistance: Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus, Watermelon Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew