Delicata is this a problem?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9a)

I planted delicata less than 2 months ago. 4/15 The plants seems very healthy and already have much fruit. Some fruit are already 3-4" dia. and about 7" long. But most are a very pale green, almost white. They still feel very firm so I don't think they are rotten.

Some of the smaller ones have the darker green variegations. Is pale green normal? Or are my squash plants sick?

If everything is OK, then are the larger squash ready to be harvested? I've never eaten a delicata and I'm looking forward to trying one.


This message was edited Jun 6, 2007 7:19 PM

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Delicata is a winter squash. You need to wait until they are fully matured. Everything seems normal at this point. Most of us wait until the vines die or frost whichever come first, but you can pick them once the skins gets too hard to scratch with a fingernail but they don't develop full flavor until they have been cured for several weeks.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9a)

Whew! Thanks farmerdill. I was so very worried. I hate to see anything in my little garden go bad. I had a problem with misshapened zukes and yellow (the yellow squash even had green stripey looking markings) recently and research leads me to believe it was a virus, squash mosaic. This is my first real garden as an adult, so that was a heartbreaker, I'll tell ya. I've ordered a disease resistant hybred seed "defender" and I'm going to replant asap.

I've already replanted yellow and gotten rid of any questionable seedlings, Looking good thus far, so I'm holden out hope for those.

Some of my toms have bloom end rot -- but I *think* that's an easy fix w/ a little lime or ebson salts. All of them came up from my compost, so I'm thinking, as long as I get all the rotten toms and tom tops from work, I'll have tomatos in the garden. I might not know what kind I'm gettin' next, but they'll be around in abundance. LOL!

BTW, would you mind enlightening me on how to "cure" the delicata fruit? Please and TY!


This message was edited Jun 6, 2007 9:45 PM

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

To cure winter squash just sit them in a cool dry storage area for for three weeks or so. A garage, storage room, etc is what most of us use. They will keep until late in the winter. Just don't let them freeze. Don't put them directly on a concrete floor.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9a)

Seems easy enough. OK, thank you, kindly farmer.


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