Sown indoors: 27th March 2014
First Seedling: 5th April 2014
Germination: 9 days
Germination ratio: 3/4 seeds sown
This is another new variety for me but as you probably know by now I love the Winter Squash family and so I’m really looking forward to seeing and tasting these.
6th April: 1 day old
7th April: 2 days old
This picture was also taken on the 7th but this seedling has only just come up and is less than 1 day old. From past experience, I believe that the brown on the leaves is due to the emerging seedling being too damp and taking too long to fully emerge, possibly due to cooler temperatures but I don’t know this for certain, it’s just my own amateur observations.
16th April: 11 days old.
23rd April: 18 days old
11th May: These plants have really taken off in the last couple of weeks and are ready to be planted out. However, the risk of frost is still a real threat and so I will have to wait a few more days. If the temperatures stay at the same levels over the next few days, I may well risk planting these out at the end of the week.
1st June: These plants were planted out into the beds on 17th May and they have settled in so well we now have flowers forming. The yellow swelling at the base of the flower in the second picture is an embryonic squash. – this flower is female.
14th June: Female flowers front and side views
24th June: It may only be the size of an orange but we have a squash growing.