Delicata Squash, Winter Squash 'Delicata'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Delicata
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Days to Maturity:

91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:


Medium Green



2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)

4 to 6 pounds (2 to 3 kg)



Disease Resistance:

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Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Phoenix, Arizona

Silver Spring, Maryland

Greer, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Palestine, Texas

Radford, Virginia

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 15, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This was a nice healthy squash that was extremely productive for me - tons of smallish striped cylinders per vine. It actually seemed to be fairly early and I had no trouble getting ripe squash in our short season. However, I didn't think the flavor was anything special. It was edible, but texture was kind of stiff and it was not very sweet. (Similar to an acorn, which I'm not wild about either.) There was also not much actual squash meat per unit - the walls are thin and it's mostly seeds inside.


On Dec 8, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A compact vining winter squash. Orange flesh is of good quality. Cylindrical shape, off-white with jagged green stripes. Actually can be used an an ornamental, but most appropriate for stuffing and baking. The small fruits are perfect to split in half and provide two individual servings. It is a long season squash, but under good conditions yields well. It is a whole month later than Acorn with which it competes as an edible


On Dec 8, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A creamy-textured winter squash popular in the early 1900s, but it fell from favor because of its susceptibility to disease, and poor yields.