Vegetable Seeds from Sow Seeds Ltd
Squash Queensland Blue is a fabulous ribbed, muffin top variety with a bluish green outer skin colour and inner orange flesh that has a lovely rich sweet flavour. It is a heritage variety from Australia that pre-dates 1932 where it is first recorded in a seed catalogue.
This trailing vine can produce up to 3 large squashes with the right conditions and each squash may weigh up to 4.5kg. In reality they will probably produce smaller squashes if 3 are allowed to grow on the vine, so if you wish to have larger ones, reduce to 2 squashes per vine.
Squash Queensland Blue is early to mature and stores really well, making it a welcome addition in winter when other homegrown veg is quite scarce. It is very versatile and is great roasted, mashed and makes excellent soups, stews and curries. The seeds can be roasted and eaten too!
Squash Queensland Blue is a funky looking veg with fabulous flavour and great storing ability and a real winner in the veg plot!
|Seed Quantity:||Approx 10 seeds per pack.|
When to Sow Squash Marina di Chioggia Seeds
Indoor Sowing Information
Full sun, well drained and humus rich soil.
|When to Sow:||
April to May indoors, Early June outdoors.
|How to Sow:||Sow seeds vertically 1cm deep in a small pot. Place in propagator/cover with glass or polythene bag until the seedlings appear (usually 5-8 days) and keep at a temperature of 20°C. When the seedlings have 2/3 leaves transplant into 2L pots and grow on for a few more weeks. In mid-late May (a week before transplanting) dig a large hole 30cm square for each pumpkin plant (1m apart, in rows 1.2m apart) and fill with lots of well-rotted manure. Make a mound and cloche to warm soil up. Harden off the pumpkin plants for 3-4 days before transplanting out into centre of mound. Keep covered with cloche for a week or so and water well. Can also be grown in greenhouse soil provided it is very fertile and kept moist.|
As they are hungry feeders, feed them every 14 days with a potash rich fertiliser. Keep well watered but try not to wet the fruit. Once growing, lift the pumpkins off the soil onto a piece of wood or upturned terracotta pot to allow air to circulate and the pumpkin to ripen.
|Harvest:||September to October. Leave a stalk of 5cm when cutting fruit off vine. Pick any remaining fruits before the first frosts. These can be stored in frost free conditions and can last to Christmas and beyond.|
Outdoor Sowing Information
Well drained, humus rich soil in a sheltered sunny spot out of way of strong winds that can cause damage to the large leaves.
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|How to Sow:||
Squashes are hungry feeders so to give them a good start outside, dig a hole 30cm square and fill with well rotted manure and mound the soil up and cloche the area a week before direct sowing. Plant 2 seeds into the centre of each mound (2.5cm deep, spacing 1m apart, in rows 1.2m apart) and cloche again until the seedlings grow. Remove the weaker seedling, and remove cloche a couple of weeks later. Seed will not germinate until the temperature is consistently above 13°C. Keep well watered.
Keep well watered and fertilise with a Potassium rich fertiliser when fruits have begun to grow. Raise squashes off the ground slightly when growing to allow air circulation, we usually pop the squash on a terracotta pot or piece of wood.
|Harvest:||September to October. Leave a stalk of 5cm when cutting fruit off vine. Pick any remaining fruits before the first frosts. Store in frost-free place and these can last to Christmas and beyond.|
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