Enjoy the sweet and nutty taste of one of the most popular and reliable winter squashes. Renowned for its eating and long storage qualities, the trailing plants produce attractive steely-blue-skinned, round, flattened fruits of 3-4kg (6.5-8.5lb) fruits with rich orange flesh.
Sow seed, 1cm (1/2in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) pots of free draining seed sowing mix. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag and place at 20-25C (68-77F) until after germination which takes 7-10 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination.
Gradually acclimatize to outdoor conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost , 60cm (24in) apart. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed. Sow 2 seeds every 60cm (24in) and thin out to the best seedling.
Water squash regularly - do not allow the soil to dry out as this will impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Squash appreciate an application of a high potash fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season. Harvest squash in late summer and autumn, before the first frosts, when the skin has hardened and the fruits start to crack near to the stem. Harvest squash by cutting each fruit from the stem leaving several inches of the stem attached.