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Cucurbita maxima 'Gold Nuggett'

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Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Nuggett
Additional cultivar information: (aka Golden Nugget)
Hybridized by North Dakata Agricultural Experiment Station; Year of Registration or Introduction: circa 1960

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Type:
Kabocha (winter)

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Mature Skin Color:
Orange

Size:
Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)
2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)

Habit:
Bush

Disease Resistance:
Powdery Mildew (PM)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive coleapeake On Jan 1, 2015, coleapeake from Carnation, WA wrote:

PNW, Seattle area
I have a short list of plants that I will never again plant a garden without, and Gold Nugget is on it. These little bush plants produce a staggering number of small, velvety, aggressively orange fruit. This is the only squash variety I've ever grown in this area that has never had an issue with mildew, and if they are allowed to fully ripen (easy, since they produce early) the fruits will keep for the better part of a year.
My favorite thing about this squash is the flavor. It's a big punchy, pumkinier than pumpkin taste. They're great for pies, stuffing, or just split in two and roasted with a little butter in the well.

Last year, I had a little extra space in a bed with a cloche so I started a couple GN's under cover. The plants grew twice their normal size, and produced much larger fruits--even though the cloche was removed after their first month. They certainly don't need cover--I had always been happy with their performance before--but they do benefit from it (but then, what doesn't?)

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 29, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This squash is a compact bush plant producing small gold color squash. Size roughly equivalent to acorn, but shell is extremely hard. A good individual baking squash and a much better keeping squash than acorn. Flesh is competative with Delicata.

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
Chaska, Minnesota
Belfield, North Dakota
Radford, Virginia
Carnation, Washington



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