Idaho heirloom, rare and special.
The earliest-maturing longkeeper we know.
Develops sweetness even in high-altitude areas with cold nights. Drought-resistant vines yield well in difficult conditions. Hard shell is resistant to gopher and mouse damage, as well as helping it last a long time in storage. This variety is particularly suited to seed-saving--it does not regress after a couple of years like many winter squash. Fun variations in shape and color--some have turbans, and some are darker--but all are peach to orange with green starburst on the blossom end.
Drought-resistant, and yummy.
BOTANICAL NAME: Curcurbita maxima
Transplant seedlings 18" apart after frost is over or direct-sow when soil is warm. Amend soil with ample amounts of compost or decomposed manure. Diatom dust on the stems and surround soil helps against squash bugs (use drip watering or water in one spot only, to leave dust in place). Harvest before heavy frost or when stems are dry. Leave 1" stem. Best flavor after 1 month or more of curing indoors.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: W, H/Matures 11-17/Harvest 4+/Yield 50-350/Spacing 12-18"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Easy to grow, tolerates hot weather, stores well