SQUASH Banana Pink Jumbo, Winter Keeper
An old time favorite with firm, sweet, yellow-orange flesh ideal for baking. Fruit is somewhat banana shaped, three feet or more in length. Its skin turns pinkish-orange when mature. Plant is vining, so provide some room. Approximately 110 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Seed directly into the garden in late spring after weather has warmed considerably and all danger of frost has past. Seeds can be also started in individual peat pots indoors or in the greenhouse 2 to 3 weeks before setting out. Cover seeds with 1/2 to 3/4 inch fine soil well pressed down.
SPACING: Plant about 6 to 8 seeds per hill spacing hills 3 to 4 feet apart.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: When plants are about 4 inches tall carefully thin or transplant to 3 healthiest plants per hill.
GERMINATION: One to two weeks depending upon weather and soil warmth. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
A well fertilized soil kept moderately moist is to its liking. Carefully place a board or some straw under maturing fruit to keep it from being bruised by moist soil. Gather before frost leaving part of the stem attached. Cure in warm area for a week to 10 days, then store in a dry area at 45' to 55'F.