Botanical Interests Squash Winter Table King Acorn Seeds
Isn't acorn squash the epitome of a fall vegetable? These glossy ribbed beauties are so attractive, you may want to display them in a basket on your table for awhile before cutting them open for dinner! An All America Winner in 1974, 'Table King' is still very popular decades later for its fabulous traits. The orange flesh has marvelous, rich flavor, and the fruit grows on very compact 4' vines. (A bonus for gardeners with small plots!) You can expect 5-8 squash to grow on each plant, but its best to prune to 5 per plant. This variety is also great for short season climates, maturing in just 80 days when most other winter squash take up to 100 days. Don't worry about growing too much--mature harvested winter squash will store for months. This packet plants: 6 hills or 18 plants after thinning.
When to plant outside: Spring, 2-4 weeks after the average last frost date and when soil temperatures have risen above 60 degrees.
When to start inside: Not recommended, unless you live in a very short short season climate. 3-4 weeks before the average last frost date. Sow in individual pots for direct planting.
Special Sowing & Germination Instructions: Seeding into a black plastic mulch is highly recommended, because it keeps down weeds, traps moisture, and warms the soil.
Harvesting: Harvest after first or second light frost (it actually improves flavor). Should be harvested when you can't dent the hard skin with your finger and the color of the vegetable has changed to a darker hue. If first frost is approaching and squash are not ripe, protect plants from frost. Winter squash cannot be overripe but can easily be under ripe. To harvest, cut fruit off vine with a knife, leaving a 2" stem. Do not hold the fruit by the stem--if stem attachment area or any part of squash bruises, squash will rot in a few weeks. Cure in a sunny window or porch at 75-80 degrees for 1-2 weeks before eating or putting in storage.
Container Tips: Winter squash can be grown in a 5-gallon container (or larger). Whiskey barrels work well if kept adequately moist. One plant per container.
Why Our Product is Different
At Botanical Interests our goal is to inspire AND educate so that you can create beautiful and successful gardens.
A large selection of Certified Organic varieties
Guaranteed - the germination rate of every variety is tested before we package it
No GMOs - recently, we enthusiastically signed the SAFE SEED PLEDGE: We do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants
About Botanical Interests
Curtis and Judy met while waiting to interview for the same horticultural job and soon found they shared a boundless enthusiasm for gardening. Botanical Interests began out of their mutual passion and personal desire for better quality seed and more informational tools to help and inpire gardeners.
"We wanted a level of purity and quality that wasn't easy to find," recalls Curtis. So they searched out the highest quality seed available and began their business in 1997, in the spare bedroom of their Colorado home. The business objectives they established then still hold strong for them now: to inspire and educate gardeners; to provide high quality seed to their customers; and to create an enjoyable work place for employees.
Over the years, Judy and Curtis' family has grown along with their line of seeds which now attracts and pleases customers nationwide.