Algonquian Squash


Algonquian Squash is a Native American heirloom originally grown by the Abenaki tribes of New England. Produces loads of 3-5 lb fruits on semi-compact vines. Sweet and savory! C. pepo. 100 days to maturity.

30 seeds per packet

Availability: In stock

Algonquian Squash is an open-pollinated, heirloom winter squash variety that was originally grown by the Abenaki Native Americans in New England. This Native American heirloom produces heavy-yield of elongated fruits that are sweet and savory. Plants have a semi-bush growing habit and don’t require as much room as traditional winter squash varieties. The elongated fruits average 3-5 lbs. and will initially be green and resemble an overgrown zucchini. Fruits are ready to harvest when the bottom starts to turn orange. They will continue to turn completely orange in storage. This is a Cucurbita pepo variety that usually stores for 2-3 months. Algonquian Squash is great for roasting, savory soups and even making pies.

Algonquian Squash may be direct-seeded or transplanted, although we highly recommend direct seeding. To ensure a good stand, we recommend planting seeds every 12″ along the intended row. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Winter 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 winter 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.

Winter Squash is a crop that will produce a one-time harvest at the end of the growing season.  They should be harvested when plants die back and the fruits obtain their full color. Stem hardness is also an indication of fruit maturity. Once stems harden, fruits are ready for harvest using a set of pruning shears. Winter Squash can be stored in a cool, dry place for several months, depending on variety and sugar content. Once fruits are harvested, 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 pumpkin varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.

Algonquian 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: 100

Disease Resistance: None

1 review for Algonquian Squash

  1. Jamie (verified owner)

    I heard Travis and Greg talking about “Al” squash on the Row by Row Garden Show. I thought, Al squash?? The more I watched and learned about the history of the Algonquian Squash, I said to myself, “Those squash look so pretty, I really need to give them a try!”
    This year has been a very strange year for planting; we had a ton of rain in the spring; so, I didn’t get this guy in the ground until close to the first of May. I waited and watched patiently! When the first squash reached about a foot long, I hand to give it a try; just couldn’t wait, lol!
    I sliced it into about half inch pieces, gave them a coating of olive oil and a light dusting of creole seasoning and baked at 400 degrees until they were tender. Oh my goodness, sakes alive!! Talk about good ya hear me? Whooiee!
    I had one more growing that I reluctantly shared with family before it turned off really hot and my poor plant bought the farm.
    That’s okay though! I have a fall trial planting, lol. I’m hoping for a few more before it gets cold….if not, come on spring!
    If you like squash, you need to try these. They have a really great flavor and are more solid at the young stage than other squash. It was like enjoying a tender squash steak! (You really won’t want to share). Thanks Greg!!

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