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PlantFiles: Mexican Squash, Tatuma, Calabacita
Cucurbita pepo 'Eastern Delight'

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

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Type:
Zucchini (summer)

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days

Mature Skin Color:
Light Green

Size:
Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)

Habit:
Bush

Disease Resistance:
Powdery Mildew (PM)

Seed Type:
Hybrid

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive dawnjerome On Jul 1, 2010, dawnjerome from El Paso, TX wrote:

I also live in El Paso, Tx. I have found seeds for this mexican squash at Dollar General of all places! I planted them in my garden and they have come up quick, I think I may have overwatered a little because they are looking yellow now.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jul 31, 2009, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 50 day hybrid version of the Tatume ( Mexican white squash). A pale green club shaped zucchini growing to about 9 inches long. Tolerant of Powdery mildew. Similar in size, shape and color to the Lebanese zucchini Magda,

Negative Julyfly On Jul 30, 2009, Julyfly from El Paso, TX wrote:

I have not been able to find seeds for this plant, called Mexican Squash or Calabacitas in my area. The little squash are plentiful in our local grocery stores but are too immature to collect seeds from. The best size to buy in the store are the ones that are 4-5 inches long. The larger ones may have tough skin when cooked. These do not have to be peeled for cooking. I would love to get some seeds as I think they would grow well in my part of the country, El Paso, TX.

Regional...

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

El Paso, Texas



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