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PlantFiles: Winter Squash, Spaghetti Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Vegetable Spaghetti'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Days to Maturity:
91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)
2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 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)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BadGardner On Sep 3, 2013, BadGardner from Wakefield, NE wrote:

Nice tasting fruit. Will store for a long time; a year+. Vines will take over places you don't want them if you just let go, but good production.

Positive Pitcom On Jan 22, 2012, Pitcom from Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This was a very productive squash plant for me, at least until the SVB's killed them all by late summer. The squash very absolutely delicious. Out of the 6 plants, i picked well over 60 squash. I am sure I would have had many more if there were no bug problems. They tasted best when they were aged in the sun for about 6 weeks after they were picked. The skin became a very dark golden yellow color and the flesh became so sweet. The vines reached lengths of over 25 feet long, so make sure you have ample room. Can't wait to grow more this year.

Positive donnyczech On Dec 18, 2011, donnyczech from Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:

Good vine growing plant that seems to tolerate bugs and is somewhat disease resistant. I got about 5 fruits per plant and I still have a couple of them to eat. I will grow again in 2012.

Positive temafilly On Mar 17, 2010, temafilly from Oconomowoc, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Superior keeping ability: I bought a fruit from the grocery store and saved seed in '07. Planted it out in '08 and collected 4 fruits from 1 vine. We just ate the last one in March '10. Not a joke. This squash was stored on my kitchen counter and received no special treatment for 18 months. The water content was lower, but the spaghetti sauce took care of that! 'Noodles' plumped up and absorbed a wonderful flavor from the sauce.

Positive The_One_Zenith On Jun 20, 2008, The_One_Zenith from Grand Blanc, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

An easy to grow squash with an excellent yield. It may require a bit of training to keep this giant in it's own row, as it will shade a considerable area when full grown. Spaghetti Squash will root along the vines every foot or so where they touch the ground and send out tendrils to climb up anything it encounters on it's quest for more light.

Will seek out sunny locations and water. The fruit will become heavy enough to damage the climbing vine if it is not supported by nylon ties, trellising or cages. Will attract sugar ants, Japanese beetles and your normal squash bugs. I have yet to see significant damage done by any pests to these plants.

Tender vines should be handled with care when training. Protect it from frost like any squash. Can be sprouted indoors and transplanted outside after all danger of frost is past. Germinates in less than a week, should be transplanted as soon as cotyledons are free of the Testa(seed coat) and no later than emergence of first true leaves. Transplanting too late may result in stunted growth or plant death due to damaged root system.

Spaghetti Squash, like most squash, have very shallow root systems that are easy to damage during transplanting or cultivation around the plant. However, weeding is not a big concern around these plants as they tend to shade out anything growing in their path.

Positive jennscot On Oct 7, 2007, jennscot from McGehee, AR wrote:

Easy to grow, makes prolific vines. The spaghetti makes a good vegetable alternative to pasta. Excellent with everything from butter and salt to seafood etoufee. However, tried to store and seeds sprouted inside of squash.

Neutral marrowman On Apr 13, 2006, marrowman from shrewsbury
United Kingdom wrote:

easy to grow, Produced 4 fruits per plant all fairly heavy. the spagettii was tasteless due to high water content so robust sauce was needed. poor storage abiltity

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 28, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

(100 day) The interior is actually a good substitute for spaghetti noodles. As easy to grow as most winter squash.


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

Gilroy, California
Ione, California
Menifee, California
Redding, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Ventura, California
Ocala, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Williston, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Westland, Michigan
Rienzi, Mississippi
Wakefield, Nebraska
Catskill, New York
Minetto, New York
Xenia, Ohio
Boise City, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Aston, Pennsylvania
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Houston, Texas
Radford, Virginia
Freeland, Washington
Grand Mound, Washington
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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