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Winter Squash Goldilocks Seeds

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Packet of Winter Squash Goldilocks SeedsWinter Squash Goldilocks is a bright orange coloured acorn squash. It is a good bushy plant that produces an abundance of at least 10 fruits in the right conditions, which when baked has a rich sweet, but nutty flavour.

Fruits are ready to harvest when a bright orange colour.

Goldilocks is useful in the kitchen and its vivid orange colour makes it useful for halloween decorations too. The plant habit is bushy and semi-compact, growing to 60cm tall and 125cm wide. The squash when ripe will be around 10cm in size, and first fruit can be around 85 days after sowing.

Average Packet Contents: 10 Seeds

Winter Squash Goldilocks Grow Notes
When to Sow Seeds: April - In Cell Trays. May / June - Cell Trays or Outside
Germination Temperature: 18 ℃ + Cover Seeds: Yes
Time to Germination: 7 - 10 Days Frost Hardy: No
Spacing Between Plants: 90cm Row Spacing: 100cm
Plant Height: 60cm Planting Position: Sun

 

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General Winter Squash Seeds Growing Tips

Seed Sowing

For an early crop, sow seeds in 7.5cm pots during April under cover. Ideally the temperature should be no less than 18 C. It can take up to 10 days for the seeds to germinate, after which you should remove the polythene covers. Keep the young plants in a warm and light environment until all danger of frost has passed. If you have a cold frame then harden them off for a week before planting out into prepared beds or containers. Otherwise, plant them out at 90cm apart and cover with cloches.

Alternatively, you can sow seeds directly into outdoor beds, growbags or large containers during May. It’s a good idea to warm the soil beforehand by covering with cloches or polythene for a few days before sowing the seeds. Sow 2 seeds per 90cm spacing and remove the weaker seedling 7-10 days after they appear.

If growing in pots, choose a size of at least 45cm diameter. If you grow 2 or more plants in a container of this size, the fruits will be smaller than if grown in open ground. If using growbags then you should restrict the number to one plant per growbag. The young plants will benefit from some shelter during their first 4 weeks so if possible, keep them covered with cloches or polythene tunnels.

Soil Preparation

If you intend to plant into open ground then ensure the soil is well prepared beforehand by incorporating plenty of organic matter during the winter or early spring. Alternatively, you can create pockets of growing medium by digging out a spade’s width and depth of soil and replacing it with a mixture of organic matter and general compost. Add a little granular fertiliser to each pocket before planting. For pots and containers the growing medium should also consist of organic matter and a general compost mix.

Planting Out

If you intend to grow your squashes over the open ground then lay down straw or a polythene sheet to protect the growing fruits from the damp soil.

General Aftercare

Keep plants well-watered by applying water around the roots. A mulch would help to preserve moisture and prevent the soil from drying out.

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