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PlantFiles: Winter Squash
Cucurbita maxima 'Banana'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Banana

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Days to Maturity:
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Mature Skin Color:

12 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg)


Disease Resistance:
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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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Galina On Oct 4, 2004, Galina from Northamptonshire
United Kingdom wrote:

I found these two types in a seed packet of 'Pink Banana'. According to W W Weaver around 1900 the seed company Aggeler and Musser of Los Angeles developed three varieties: a yellow-orange one, a blue-grey one and a pink one. The one most frequently seen is the pink type.

Both types grew equally successfully in our cool climate and stored well into the new year.

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 27, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

There are two types of "Banana" squash. The older cultivar is the Blue Banana which is bluish gray. I am refering to the Pink Banana. This produces a 15 to 20 lb cylindical squash in a light pink color. It is a prolific producer and flesh quality will rival a Hubbard. The shell is much softer so one doesn't need a chainsaw or an axe to open it. It is very good for processed squash dishes like pies, puddings etc. Better flavor than pumpkins and will substitute for all but Jack O Lanterns. It grows a huge vine so allot plenty of space.


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

Jamestown, Ohio
Radford, Virginia

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