Squash Summer Tatuma (Calabacita) HEIRLOOM Seeds

Squash Summer Tatuma (Calabacita) HEIRLOOM Seeds

Cucurbita pepo

Item #0239

50 days. This fabulous summer squash may not be well-known, but that is soon to change! With wonderful, creamy texture and buttery flavor, squash lovers will be happily pleased, and even squash skeptics may soon be won over. Also called tatume or calabacita, the Latin word referring to any small cucurbit, this squash is a favorite in Mexico and southern Texas. Fruits are best when picked at about 3" long. Vigorous vines to 12 feet thrive in heat, and are more drought toleratant than most squash; practically immune to squash borer insect.

This packet sows 5-6 mounds.

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1/2"-1”

Seed Spacing:
2-3 seeds
per mound

Mound Spacing:
3’-4'

Thinning:
When seedling has several leaves
thin to 2 plants
per mound


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperatures have risen above 60°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended except in very short season climates, 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Sow in individual pulp pots that can be planted directly in the ground.

Harvesting: Tatuma is best at about 3" long.

Artist: Donna Clement

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