Cometa Squash is a hybrid, Lebanese-type summer squash with a light green exterior. Lebanese squash are very popular in the middle-east and are frequently used for stuffing. Cometa Squash have very productive, bush-type plants that produce continuous harvests of light green, bulb-shaped fruits. Fruits have a firmer texture than traditional summer squash and a nutty flavor that is absolutely delicious. These squash are also known for their storage ability. Unlike traditional summer squash that will store for a week or two post-harvest, these squash have an excellent shelf-life and will store for much longer.
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 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 are 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.
Cometa 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: None