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Vegetable Gardening: Tivoli Winter Squash (Spagetti Squash)

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newyorkrita

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

May 28, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9537414

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!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2013
12:53 PM

Post #9538505

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

newyorkrita

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

May 29, 2013
1:16 PM

Post #9538534

I sure hope mine doesn't vine as I don't have room for those long pumpkin types of vines.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2013
8:10 PM

Post #9538974

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.
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9539350

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).

newyorkrita

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

May 30, 2013
8:15 AM

Post #9539413

That is a great idea!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 31, 2013
9:14 PM

Post #9541513

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

newyorkrita

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

June 1, 2013
2:31 PM

Post #9542263

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.
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


June 1, 2013
3:44 PM

Post #9542376

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

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2013
3:57 PM

Post #9542401

Interesting -- it looks small enough for container culture where one has a shot at keeping out the SVB.
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 13, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9557676

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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newyorkrita

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

June 13, 2013
6:19 PM

Post #9558183

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

newyorkrita

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

July 1, 2013
3:06 PM

Post #9582276

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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newyorkrita

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

July 12, 2013
12:57 PM

Post #9596573

Tivoli and fruit

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 12, 2013
6:08 PM

Post #9596899

Wow Rita! Tivoli is so lush and healthy!!! One fine, fine job!
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


July 13, 2013
7:35 AM

Post #9597370

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.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 13, 2013
7:42 AM

Post #9597379

happygirl - what are the purple flowers at the edge?

newyorkrita

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

July 16, 2013
12:31 PM

Post #9601248

I can just see this fruit get bigger each day.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2013
12:47 PM

Post #9601267

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

newyorkrita

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

July 16, 2013
1:12 PM

Post #9601295

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2013
1:30 PM

Post #9601311

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.

newyorkrita

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

July 16, 2013
1:43 PM

Post #9601332

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2013
1:47 PM

Post #9601340

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

newyorkrita

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

July 16, 2013
2:09 PM

Post #9601358

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

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2013
3:47 PM

Post #9601458

Lily_love wrote: 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.

newyorkrita

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

August 9, 2013
9:44 AM

Post #9625820

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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