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Hubbard, Blue - Winter Squash

Hubbard, Blue - Winter Squash

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Blue Hubbard
Cucurbita maxima

110 days — The fifteen to eighteen foot vines of 'Blue Hubbard' produce tough-skinned oblong bluish-green fruits weighing ten to fifteen pounds. They have golden-yellow flesh that is dry, fine grained, and has a great flavor.

'Blue Hubbard' was introduced in 1909 by James J. H. Gregory who called it 'Symmes Blue Hubbard' in honor of a longtime seed grower of their from Cliftondale, Massachusetts by the name of S. S. Symmes. It is presumed that it was developed from a cross between the original 'Hubbard Squash' and either' Middleton Blue' or 'Marblehead'. Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 14 to 16 seeds.

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Planting Instructions: Choose a location that has warm, well-drained and fertile soil. Work in plenty of organic matter and mulch to conserve moisture, as squash are heavy water consumers.

Sow directly in garden after threat of frost has passed. Seed will not germinate if soil is too cold. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart. You may also start seed indoors three to four weeks before transplanting. Informational References:
  1. "Vegetables of New York: The Cucurbits," New York Agricultural Experiment Station, 1935, pgs. 17.
  2. "List of American Varieties of Vegetables for the Years 1901 and 1902," by W. W. Tracy, Jr., USDA, 1903