Pink Banana Jumbo Squash is an open-pollinated, heirloom winter squash variety that produces massive fruits that can weigh up to 50 lbs. With origins in South America, banana squash are delicious and versatile. Pink Banana Jumbo Squash produces vigorous vines that are long and trailing. As a result, these should be given plenty of room to crawl in the garden. At maturity, the skin of the fruits will turn a pink to orange color. Fruits can grow as large as 2-3′ long with a 6-8″ diameter. The interior of the fruits reveals a bright orange flesh that is firm and doesn’t become stringy as fruit size increases. This is a great variety for baking and making a wide variety of sweet treats.
Pink Banana Jumbo 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.
Pink Banana Jumbo 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: 105
Disease Resistance: None