Slick Pik Squash is a hybrid, yellow squash variety that was originally developed at the University of New Hampshire. This variety starts producing early and often, with heavy yields of beautiful fruits. Fruits are glossy and slim with a slight bulb on one end. Harvest fruits at 8″ long for optimal size and flavor. Plants are vigorous with noted resistance/tolerance to heavy cucumber and squash beetle pressure. Plants are spineless which makes for quick and easy harvesting without damaging fruits. This is an excellent variety for the home garden or small-scale market farm.
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 the 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 is 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.
Slick Pik 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