Hubbard Blue Winter Squash
Days to Full Maturity: 110 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate
Minimum Seed Count: 10
Hubbard Blue Squash dates back 1910 when it was first listed in the James J. H. Gregory & Son seed company. This squash has a soft grey-green to deep green on the outside, the sweet orange flesh is an amazing keeper and great for pies! I like it baked with butter salt and pepper yum. The fruit can weigh 15-30 pounds and measure 15-20” long by 9-12” wide. This football-shaped squash has a bumpy exterior and fine-textured orange flesh that matures in about 110 days.
How to grow:
Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their squash seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Since squashes do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option. Plant two seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harden the seedlings by exposing them to the weather for several hours at a time during the week before transplanting. About a week after the last frost or when the soil temperature reaches an average of 60 degrees F, plant the seedlings in very rich soil 8-10′ apart in rows 10-12′ apart. Another option is to plant the seedlings in hills of two, 8-10′ apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds a week after frost 1/2″ deep, 3-4′ apart and thin to 8-10′ apart. Keep the soil moist at all times, but avoid getting the leaves wet as this can cause diseases such as rot or mildew. When the vines begin to develop, a layer of mulch will help conserve moisture and control weeds; mulch also will keep the squashes clean and protect them from too much soil contact. For companion planting benefits, plant squashes along with corn but avoid planting them with potatoes.