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When to Harvest & How to Cure Winter Squash

Sep 24, 2020
 

When do you harvest winter squash?

And how do you cure it for the long winter ahead?

It's true, the skin color is tempting, though deceptive, because skin color often turns the color of maturity 4+ weeks before maturity is reached--- though honeynut, with her built-in ripeness indicator below, is a fabulous exception! She is finally ripe once all the green has turned a deep pumpkin-y caramel color.

Most winter squash skins turn the color of edible maturity well before they are ripe, though honeynut is a marvelous exception, only fully ripe when all green streaks have disappeared.



When to Harvest Winter Squash

Winter squash require ~60 days from pollinated flower to ripe, mature fruit, so here in Zone 5, waiting til mid-September is just a safe bet at the earliest.

We wait as long as possible before frost because, even with powdery mildew often drenching the plants (as below), if there is any green in the leaves & stems that means sugars are being photosynthesized & sent into...

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