Total Eclipse Squash is a hybrid, patty pan squash with dark green fruits. Also known as “scallop squash,” this variety produces miniature, pie-shaped fruits that have a dark green exterior with white specks that resemble stars in the sky. Plants have an upright, bush growing habit which makes fruit easy to see and harvest. Fruits will get as large as 7-8″, but are best when harvested small at 3-4″ in diameter. Total Eclipse Squash make a quick and easy side dish to complement any meal. Just cut into wedges and saute or use them to make your favorite squash casserole. They have a firmer texture and nuttier flavor than a traditional summer squash.
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.
Total 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: 50
Disease Tolerance: None