Tivoli Winter Squash (Spagetti Squash)

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

I bought seeds at Burpee because this sounded like the best winter squash I had ever heard of. Not fond of many types of winter squash but been thinking of those small scallowed types sometimes seen at the supermart. Been totally put off by the vining habit of winter squashes. But I saw this and had never even considered a spagetti squash before. And it is supposed to be a bush variety.

I Googled cooking the spagetti squash and watched some tube videos. Made myself hungry with the cooking demonstations. Yummy!

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I'm growing it but it's the vining type.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

I sure hope mine doesn't vine as I don't have room for those long pumpkin types of vines.

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

If it says bush variety I'm pretty sure it is. I'm lucky enough to have the space to grow pumpkins and melons. But i'd be happy with the bush type.

Pleasant Hill, CA(Zone 9b)

I put a ladders over my vining squash (I have 6 in about 15 square feet). I then train them to climb the ladders. I seem to have a picture of every other bed... but not that one. It works great. Extra benefit is keeping the fruit off the ground. ( have collected several wooden ladders over the years from freecycle).

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

That is a great idea!

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

It seems like a great idea. I'd be worried the wind would blow them over and my neighbors would laugh at me.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

My seeds came from Burpee so I just sowed 4 seeds of the Tivoli winter squash. I intend to put them in twenty inch pots like the one I have the melons in. Sowed four seeds to make sure that something comes up. But only going to do one plant per container. But I am trying to think up a spot were I coould but some in ground.

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Tivoli is a bush sphaghetti squash developed by Sakata. Should be about the same size as a zucchini. Lots of vendors carry it. http://www.sakatavegetables.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/HGplants.plantDetail/plant_ID/304/typeID/60/index.htm

Madison, AL(Zone 7b)

Interesting -- it looks small enough for container culture where one has a shot at keeping out the SVB.

Pleasant Hill, CA(Zone 9b)

I finally took a couple of pictures of the ladders. The front ones are cantaloupes, the back are butternut and buttercup squash. The plants were late to thrive (they only really started to grow when I threatened to pull them!), but they are coming on strong now.

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North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

You have a nice garden. My Tivoli seedlings have finially come up. Took them a long time. Now I need to plant them out.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

Here is my spagetti Squash TIVOLI that I grew from seed. Those leaves are enormous, way bigger than my hand! I have this in a 20 inch pot but I can see I should have had a bigger pot for it. In that above okra picture you can see a section of a Tivoli leaf sticking into the picture. Like I said, those green pots are 20 inches accross so you can tell the leaf is pretty big.

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North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

Tivoli and fruit

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Wow Rita! Tivoli is so lush and healthy!!! One fine, fine job!

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Rita. Note that are neither photos or comments in plantfiles for Tivoli. We all need to bring plantfiles up to date when we grow a new vegetable.

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

happygirl - what are the purple flowers at the edge?

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

I can just see this fruit get bigger each day.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Rita, did you have to hand pollinate the squash flowers? The reason I ask, is that last year I tried a pumpkin vine and didn't get any fruit. This year I'm growing several types of calabash and cantaloupe, I'm watching the flowers daily for hope I will get fruits eventually. Thanks.
Kim

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

Well, I have never had to hand pollinate canalopes or cucumbers, the bees do it for me. But early this spring I had to pollinate all my squash for weeks as there were no bees nearby on them. Now that the eggplants have been flowering the eggplant and squash patch is full of bees. So no more hand polination required.

I never polinated that spagetti squash. The bees mush have done it.

Kim, do you grow zucchini? If so get Cavilli, it does not require pollination. I grew mine from seed. It just cranks out the fruit also.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Rita, I haven't tried growing Zuke, but having watching your success. I hope to grow some in the near future. Thanks.
NicoleC, if you're here, could you tell me if by this time it's too late in the season for me to try my hands on new Zuke and squash? I know our growing season is slightly longer than -- say -- where Rita is in zone 6b.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

It is not too late. I just planted some new zuc seedlings that I had started from seeds last week. In this heat the seeds pop up quickly and the plants grow fast, fast, fast.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Thanks Rita, I'm heading out to the local co-op for seeds this evening. lol

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

I ment I started the seeds last week. I planted out the seedlings two days ago. Nope, definately not too late.

Madison, AL(Zone 7b)

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NicoleC, if you're here, could you tell me if by this time it's too late in the season for me to try my hands on new Zuke and squash?


It's not too late. If we get an early winter, winter squash may not mature but summer squash will likely be producing in 6-8 weeks if direct seeded now.

North Shore of L. I., NY(Zone 6b)

My one and only fruit. Plant was a real mess, stems fill of borers and leaves of powdery mildew. I pulled the plant and bagged it for the garbage. I will not be growing this next year. Not worth the space and effort.

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