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Pink Jumbo Banana - Winter Squash

Pink Jumbo Banana - Winter Squash

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Pink Jumbo Banana
Cucurbita maxima

115 days — One hill of 'Pink Jumbo Banana' vines will likely supply your needs. It vines produces large fruit that are almost cylindrical with a slight taper at the blossom end, and can grow up to twelve inches in diameter by forty-eight inches in length and weigh up to seventy-five pounds each. Typically, the fruit are harvested at thirty pounds or less. The flesh is yellow-orange, dry, firm, not stringy, and sweet flavored making them an excellent choice for pies, baking, and canning. 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 well composted organic matter and mulch established plants to conserve moisture, as squash are heavy water consumers. Sow directly into the garden after threat of frost has passed.

Here in the Maritime Northwest, it is common to plant seeds in hills. The hills are created by mounding up the soil about four to six inches high, twenty-four inches across at the base and flattened on the top. This allows the soil to be better warmed by the sun and provides better protection from heavy rain.

Sow five to six seeds, one inch deep, in hills or rows. Spacing is dependent on plant type. Vining varieties should be spaced on six foot centers while bush-types at twenty-four to thirty inches apart. When seeds germinate, cut off all but the strongest three or four seedlings.

When laying out your garden, remember to consider the growing habits of the varieties that you are planting. Some bush-types are compact while some vining types require a tremendous amount of space. Harvest time will also vary by type.