Cucurbita maxima X Cucurbita moschata
This Japanese winter squash hybrid produces nearly round fruit. Fruit weigh between 4.4 to 5.5 lbs. Under the dark black-green mottled skin, the firm flesh is a deep yellow orange color with an excellent sweet, nutty flavor. This vine grower does require a pollinator such as Delica. This variety may be used as a rootstock for grafting watermelon, melon and cucumber to prevent diseases. Tetsukabuto will resist the squash vine borer. Tetsukabuto squash store well and are very popular for use in curries and tempura.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 6-8 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 95-105 days (45-50 days after flowering)
- Planting season: late spring/early
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4" tall. Space mounds 5-10' apart. On each mound plant 1-2 seeds. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Hand pollination may be necessary. The vine can be trained to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest or left to sprawl on the ground. After harvest, winter squash should be left in the sun for a few days to cure before storing.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Excellent in tempura, stir-fried, baked, and pickled. Freezes