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Jester Delicata Squash

  • Jester Delicata squash is a winter squash variety that is named for its striped, carnival-like appearance. It is a relatively small, oblong-shaped squash that typically weighs 1-2 pounds (0.5-1 kg). The skin of the Jester Delicata squash is ivory-colored with green stripes and speckles, giving it a unique and attractive appearance.


    The flesh of the Jester Delicata squash is yellow-orange and has a sweet and nutty flavor. It is firm and dry, making it ideal for roasting, baking, or stuffing. It is also a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C.


    Jester Delicata squash is relatively easy to grow and is a popular choice for home gardeners. It is a warm-season vegetable that requires full sun and well-draining soil. Seeds can be sown directly into the garden after the last frost date, or started indoors 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting.


    The plants should be spaced 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) apart to allow for adequate air circulation. Regular watering is important, especially during hot, dry weather, but be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot. Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer once or twice during the growing season.


    Jester Delicata squash can be harvested when the fruit is fully mature, which typically occurs about 80 to 100 days after planting. The skin of the squash should be hard and the stem should be dry and brown. The fruit can be stored in a cool, dry place for several weeks. To prepare the squash, simply cut it in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast or bake it with your favorite seasonings.


    Seeds per pack: 10

    • Soil: Choose a location with well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The ideal pH range for Jester Delicata squash is between 5.8 and 6.8.

    • Sunlight: Jester Delicata squash requires full sun to grow and produce fruit, so choose a spot that gets at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    • Planting: Direct sow Jester Delicata squash seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. Space the seeds 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) apart in rows that are 3-4 feet (90-120 cm) apart. Alternatively, start the seeds indoors 2 to 4 weeks before your last frost date and transplant them outdoors after the soil has warmed up.

    • Watering: Jester Delicata squash needs regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. Water deeply once or twice a week, making sure the soil stays consistently moist but not waterlogged.

    • Fertilizing: Jester Delicata squash is a heavy feeder, so it's important to provide it with regular fertilization. Use a balanced fertilizer at planting time, and then switch to a high-nitrogen fertilizer once the plants start setting fruit.

    • Pruning: Jester Delicata squash doesn't require much pruning, but you can pinch off the growing tips of the main stem once the plant reaches a height of about 2 feet (60 cm) to encourage bushier growth.

    • Pest and disease control: Watch for common squash pests like squash bugs, cucumber beetles, and vine borers, and treat them with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Keep an eye out for diseases like powdery mildew and downy mildew, and take preventive measures like using mulch and avoiding overhead watering.

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