The Land Rover Owners Wife

Winter Squash, Galeuse D’Eysines

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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Galeuse D’Eysines (RSC)
Sown indoors: 15th March 2014
First Seedling: 21st March 2014
Germination: 6 days
Germination ratio: 4/4 seeds sown

I love growing winter squash varieties and decided to try a new variety this year from the Real Seed Company. I’ll be trying to save seed again this year and am hoping for a lovely balanced Summer to give my squash the best chance.

This seedling appears to be trying to escape from both ends of the pot

This seedling appears to be trying to escape from both ends of the pot

21st March 2014: One seedling is already through and, as you can see from the ‘molehill’ in the second pot, another isn’t that far behind it:

Winter Squash  Galeuse D'Eysines   Winter Squash  Galeuse D'Eysines

27th March: 6 days old and ready for potting on. These squash have migrated into the large greenhouse but under a double layer of fleece for added protection.

Winter Squash  Galeuse D'Eysines

30th March: The seedlings seem to be quite content in the greenhouse with their night time fleece blanket for protection. At 9 days old, the first true leaf is growing

Winter Squash  Galeuse D'Eysines   Winter Squash  Galeuse D'Eysines

4th April: Just 5 days later and the first true leaf has opened and is already quite a good size for such a young plant

Winter Squash  Galeuse D'Eysines

13th April: 3 Weeks old and these plants are taking over the greenhouse 🙂

Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines   Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines

11th May: The plants are starting to take over the greenhouse and really need to be planted out but there is still the risk of frost. However, if the temperatures continue to rise, then I may consider planting out at the end of next week.

Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines

31st May: The plants were planted out into the beds on the 17thMay and are doing really well. We now have flowers forming

Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines   Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines

6th July: So far these plants are only producing male flowers.

Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines

15th July: At last a female flower is forming

Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines

31 July: A fruit appears to have set

Winter Squash Galeuse D'Eysines

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