Partial Eclipse Squash is a hybrid, scalloped squash variety with beautiful markings and even better flavor! Fruits are pale white when young and mature to a light yellow color with radial green stripes. Partial Eclipse Squash are best harvested when fruits are 3-4″ in diameter. These scallop or “patty pan” squash have a bush growing habit which allows for easy harvesting. Fruits have a firm texture and nutty flavor. The firm texture makes this a great variety for roasting and grilling. Cut into wedges, toss with olive oil and cook until tender for a delicious side dish. Add a little bacon, onion and sweet pepper for a complete meal!
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.
Partial Eclipse 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: 45
Disease Resistance: None