Speckled Hound Squash is a hybrid winter squash variety that produces eye-catching, tasty fruits that are light orange with splashes of green. The beautiful coloration on these pumpkins is indeed unique, and you won’t find two that look exactly the same! Each fruit has a somewhat flattened shape with shallow ribs and a strong stem.
Speckled Hound Squash produces an average of 8 fruits per plant with each fruit ranging from 3-6 lbs each. The interior of the fruits reveals a light orange flesh that is great for roasting, making soups, or baked treats. This is also a great variety for canning and freezing to preserve the harvest.
Speckled Hound 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.
Speckled Hound 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: 100
Disease Resistance: Powdery Mildew