Speckled Pup Squash is a hybrid winter squash variety that features gorgeous dark green skin with striking red-orange speckles. These mini kabocha-type squash have sweet golden flesh that kabocha squash is known for and make for an attractive ornamental decoration. Prolific plants produce fruits that average 1 1/2 lbs each. Plants have a semi-bush habit which makes them easy to harvest and great for growing in smaller gardens or tight spaces. Cucurbita maxima. 85 days to maturity.
Speckled Pup 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. Though the Speckled Pup Squash has resistance to it, 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 squash varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.
Speckled Pup Squash Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″ – 1″
Seed Spacing: 36-48″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 85
Disease Resistance: Powdery Mildew, Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
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