(a.k.a. Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato) (Cucurbita pepo) 85 – 96 days. Thelma Sanders winter squash produce cream colored acorn shaped fruit up to 6″ long. Flesh is golden yellow with excellent flavor. Originates form Thelma Sanders in Adair county, Missouri.
Planting Instructions for Thelma Sanders Winter Squash Seeds
Heirloom / Open Pollinated Winter Squash is a warm season crop, sensitive to frost and light freezes. Start Heirloom / Open Pollinated Winter Squash indoors 3-4 wks. before last frost date or direct seed outdoors after danger of frost. Plant Winter Squash in full sun. To direct seed, plant 6-8 seeds 1″ deep in 1′ diameter hills, thinning to 3 or 4 plants at the set of true leaves. Or plant Winter Squash Seeds in rows 1″ deep, 2′ apart. Keep rows and hills 6′ apart. Germination should occur in 5-10 days at 65-85°F. Keep soil just-damp during germination, or seeds may rot. Harvest when Winter Squash rind has hardened and finger nail requires pressure to pierce rind. Leave 2-3″ stem on when cutting from plant for longer storage.