Cue Ball Squash is a hybrid, round zucchini with heavy yields and exceptional disease-resistance. This squash variety produces round fruits that are pale green with white specks. Fruits have a crisp texture with a traditional, squash flavor. Fruits are best harvested around 2-3″ in diameter.
Cue Ball Squash has a continuous fruit set throughout the warm growing season, making it great for backyard gardeners and small-scale market farmers. Plants have an open-bush growing habit with long stems, which allows for quick and easy harvesting. Fruits are easy to prepare for just about any squash dish you could imagine. For a quick dinner, cut in half and grill or pan seer on the skillet.
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.
Cue Ball 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: Powdery Mildew, Watermelon Mosaic Virus, Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus