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PlantFiles: Zucchini, Courgette, Summer Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Papaya Pear'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Papaya Pear
Hybridized by Seminis (Petoseed); Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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Zucchini (summer)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days

Mature Skin Color:

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

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)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grik On Aug 1, 2009, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This squash does well in containers. I have grown it for two years along with eightball. It is not quite as prolific as eightball but produces well.

Positive frogsrus On Jun 13, 2004, frogsrus from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a VERY fast producing plant. It is not as large as some others and has not tried to "take over" the garden. The squash are a beautiful bright school bus yellow. It is a great bearer-like most squash. They are tasty both cooked and raw. My family and fish love them.

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

Papaya Pear is a semi vining plant with yellow pear shaped fruits. Besides its novelty shape, it is very early (40 days)


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

Concord, California
San Diego, California
Ijamsville, Maryland
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Union, Missouri
Carmel, New York

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