Squash Summer Tatuma (Calabacita) HEIRLOOM Seeds

Squash Summer Tatuma (Calabacita) HEIRLOOM Seeds

Cucurbita pepo

Item #0239

50 days. This fabulous summer squash may not be well-known, but that is soon to change! With wonderful, creamy texture and buttery flavor, squash lovers will be happily pleased. Also called tatume or calabacita, (the Latin word referring to any small squash), it is a favorite in Mexico and south Texas. Fruits are best when picked at about 3" long. Vigorous, 12' vines thrive in heat, and are more drought tolerant than other squash, and practically immune to squash borers.

This packet sows up to 5 mounds.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
3 seeds
per mound

Mound Spacing:

When 3 leaves,
thin to 1 plant
per mound

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is 70°?85°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

Harvesting: 'Tatuma' is best harvested at 3" long. While edible at almost any size, seeds are less developed in young fruit, therefore more tender. 'Tatuma' may be allowed to mature into a winter squash; if the season is long enough, the rind will turn orange. Harvest late in the season, when the rind can not be dented with your fingernail. Using a knife or clippers, cut squash off including some of the stem.

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