- Seasons of growth: Squash are warm season vegetables. Summer squash differs from that of winter in that it is harvested while still immature. Winter squash isn’t eaten until a hard rind has developed and the seeds within the squash have matured.
- Frost tolerance: Squash do not tolerate frost well and should only be planted after all danger of frost has passed.
- Plant Height: 1-2 feet tall
- Plant Width: 3-15 feet wide (winter), 3-10 feet wide (summer)
- Plant Spacing: Place 4-6 seeds in mounds 4 feet apart. Thin plants when they have developed 2 leaves, leaving two plants to a mound. Transplants should be placed in mounds 2 feet apart, in rows 4-6 feet distant from one another. Root damage will slow growth and establishment and should be avoided.
- Germination Requirements: Seeds should not be sown until soil temperatures have reached at least 65°F.
- Best establishment method: Although transplanting squash is possible, these plants are typically grown from seed.