Cupcake Squash is as cute as a cupcake! With jewel-green skin and pumpkin-like ridges, this summer squash is like a unique cross between zucchini and an acorn squash! The skin is soft and edible while the flavor is sweet and delicate. These round, palm-sized fruits are slightly larger than patty-pan squashes at 2-inches tall by 5-inches wide. Plants are prolific yielders, growing 4-5 tall at maturity to produce dozens of fruit. Excellent for stuffing, roasting, or grilling.
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||Summer Squash, Cupcake
|Days to Germinate:||7-14|
|Days to Harvest:||52
|Growth Habit:||Bush, Trailing
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Seeds Packed For**:||2023|
*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
Soil Preparation:Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Leave small weeds and dead grass, they will enrich the soil when turned under. Spade the soil 8-12 inches deep and turn each shovel of soil over completely to cover the plant materials with soil. You may add fertilizer (see "Fertilizing" below) or organic material such as compost, leaves, or rotted hay over planting area at this point . For squash, make rows of soil beds 4-6 inches high and at least 3 feet apart. This formation of ridges will help with drainage.
Planting:Since squash does not grow well in cool weather, plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil begins to warm. For a good fall crop, plant early so squash will mature before the first killing frost. To plant, make 1 inch deep holes spaced 1 1/2 - 2 feet apart in raised beds down the rows, then plant 5-6 seeds in each hole. Cover thinly with soil and water after planting. After the seeds come up, thin to 3 squash plants per hill.
|Planting Depth:||1 inch|
||2 - 3 feet|
Care During the Season:
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.3 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 1 mg||0%|
|Potassium 237 mg||6%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5 g||1%|
|Dietary fiber 1.6 g||6%|
|Sugar 3.1 g|
|Protein 1.6 g||3%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|