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West Coast Seeds - Sunburst Squash - Vibrant & Tender Pattypans (2g)

$6.29

Brighten your garden with West Coast Seeds Sunburst Squash, a stunning variety of deep yellow pattypans. These C. pepo hybrids produce big bushes laden with jewel-like squash, best picked at 5cm (2") for tender, sweet bites. Enjoy them steamed whole or sautéed in butter. Sunburst squash remains tender up to...

Brighten your garden with West Coast Seeds Sunburst Squash, a stunning variety of deep yellow pattypans. These C. pepo hybrids produce big bushes laden with jewel-like squash, best picked at 5cm (2") for tender, sweet bites. Enjoy them steamed whole or sautéed in butter. Sunburst squash remains tender up to 15cm (6"), making them versatile for various culinary uses. This award-winning variety is a must-have for gourmet meals, with edible flowers that are mild and delicious. Perfect for summer harvesting, Sunburst squash matures in just 50 days.

Key Features:

  • Vibrant Appearance: Beautiful lemon yellow pattypans.
  • Delicious Flavor: Mild, tender, and sweet flesh.
  • Award-Winning: RHS Award of Garden Merit.
  • Versatile Use: Ideal for steaming, sautéing, and gourmet dishes.
  • Hybrid Seeds: Ensures robust and consistent growth.
  • Matures Quickly: Ready to harvest in just 50 days.

Growing Information:

  • Season: Warm season crop.
  • Exposure: Full sun.
  • Timing: Direct sow or transplant in late spring once the soil is warm. Start seeds indoors during the first two weeks of May for transplants.
  • Germination: Optimal soil temperature is 25-35°C (77-95°F). Seeds sprout in 7-14 days.
  • Sowing Instructions: Sow seeds 2cm (1″) deep. Plant 3 seeds per spot and thin to the strongest seedling. Space plants 45-60cm (18-24″) apart in rows 90-120cm (36-48″) apart.

Care Tips:

  • Soil: Rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8.
  • Feeding: Use 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer per plant.
  • Watering: Avoid overhead watering to prevent mildew. Water the soil around the plants.
  • Pollination: Encourage bees by planting flowers like Phacelia, sunflowers, or buckwheat.
  • Maintenance: Remove misshapen or withered fruits to promote healthy growth.

Harvesting & Storage:

  • Summer Squash: Pick small fruits regularly to encourage continuous production.
  • Storage: Field-cure for 10 days in the sun or indoors in a warm room for 4-5 days. Store at 10-15ºC (50-60ºF) with low humidity and good air circulation.

Pest & Disease Management:

  • Bacterial Wilt: Remove and destroy infested plants.
  • Powdery Mildew: Avoid wetting foliage and ensure good air circulation.
  • Viral Diseases: Remove and destroy infected plants along with surrounding soil.

Companion Planting:

  • Companions: Corn, lettuce, melons, peas, and radish.
  • Avoid: Brassicas and potatoes.
  • Beneficial Plants: Borage improves growth and flavor; marigolds and nasturtium repel pests.

Enhance your garden with the dazzling and flavorful Sunburst Squash from West Coast Seeds. This vibrant variety is perfect for health-conscious gardeners and gourmet chefs alike, offering a delicious and beautiful addition to your summer harvests. Shop now and enjoy a bountiful crop of tender, sweet pattypans.

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