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Winter Squash, Acorn Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Paydon'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Paydon
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Type:

Acorn (winter)

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:

Cream

Size:

2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)

Habit:

Vining

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Charlotte, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 20, 2007, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Acorn squash never tasted this good. This extremely rare large tan acorn made its way from France to Louisiana to Ohio to Bosco, IL, where it was maintained by the Paydon family since the 1860s. Its flavor, texture and sweetness are closer to those of Delicata or Sweet Dumpling than to any other acorn variety. Delicious yellow flesh, though a bit stringy. Teardrop-shaped fruits turn from cream tan to bright yellow in storage. Vines are extremely vigorous. Until now difficult to obtain in commerce. Requires too long a season for cold northerly areas.