Golden | F1 Button Squash Seed
$3.85 – $80.40 AUD excl gst
- Bright yellow glossy fruit
- Lightly scalloped shape
- High yield potential
The standard for many years Sunburst is a yellow button squash which produces high yields of bright yellow glossy fruit with lightly scalloped shape. The fruit are produced on a bush type plant and are usually picked at approx the diameter of a 50 cent piece. Fruit should be picked every day during the harvest season to maintain optimum quality and size.
Golden is known to be a reliable high yielding variety and grows well in all major growing regions. Care needs to be taken with post-harvest sanitation for extended shelf-life. Note: Due to its genetic characteristics, plants can bear green or partly green fruit under certain environmental conditions including periods of high heat levels (generally over 32C), any stress on the plants and pressure from different strains of mosaic virus, as well as Silverleaf whitefly.
Cultural Notes: Most squash growers have at some stage experienced problems with greening or spotting in yellow squash or zucchini varieties. There are two main reasons – heat stress and virus. It is recommended growers maintain a high level of insect control.
SQUASH GROWING NOTES
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cucurbita pepo
CULTURE: Fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8-6.8 is best. Plastic mulch and fabric row covers can aide plant establishment and exclude insect pests during the seedling stage. Row covers should be removed when plants begin to flower. Poor fruit development may indicate insufficient pollination. For highest quality fruit, succession plantings every 2-3 weeks may be needed.
PLANT SPACING: Space plants 45-60cm apart in rows 15cm apart. Wider spacing may allow for easier harvesting.
DISEASES: Common cucurbit diseases include powdery mildew, downy mildew, bacterial wilt, and phytophthora. Avoid problems with adequate soil drainage, good air flow, insect pest control, and crop rotation.
INSECT PESTS: Cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and vine borers are all common pests for cucurbits. Protect young plants with floating row cover. Squash bug eggs found on the undersides of leaves may be crushed by hand. For vine borers, cut out of vines and hill soil over the wound. Keep field borders mowed and remove plant refuse in autumn; spring plow to bury pupae. Pyrethrin sprays may offer some control.
HARVEST FRUIT: For some varieties, it is common for the first fruits to be malformed, wither, or blacken, which indicates poor pollination and is usually remedied as more male flowers appear. Harvest regularly, 2-3 times a week, once plants begin to produce. Cut or gently twist off fruits when they have reached the desired size. For patty pan and round, 50-75mm in diameter. Handle with care to avoid scratching fruits.
HARVEST BLOSSOMS: Harvest male blossoms (with thin stems) or female blossoms (with thick stems and an immature fruit at the base of the flower) in mid to late morning when fully open. Clip flowers 25-50mm below flower base. If a squash fruit crop is also desired from the same planting, only harvest male flowers, leaving a few to pollinate the female flowers.
STORAGE: Keep fruit at 5-10C, 95% relative humidity for up to 2 weeks. Use as soon as possible for best quality.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract about 14 days if transplanting.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: (at 3 seeds/30cm., rows 15cm apart) 250 seeds/25metres, 500 seeds/50metres, 1,000 seeds/100metres.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/500grams: Specialty: Avg. 4,600.