Delicata Squash, Winter Squash 'Cornell's Bush 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: Cornell's Bush Delicata
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Days to Maturity:

91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:


Medium Green



Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Powdery Mildew (PM)

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:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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:

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Grass Valley, California

Los Angeles, California

Santa Cruz, California

Monticello, Georgia

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Salem, Oregon

Ellensburg, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2015, peter1142 from SE NY, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Definitely can't complain, got a decent yield of fairly tasty squash, however the PM resistance was largely a fail and if you have the space you will probably get better yield and taste from a vining variety, though these did fail at bush towards the end and sent out vines.


On Oct 8, 2007, Atash from Seattle, WA wrote:

Total crop failure. I am curious about the positive ratings. Probably because of its "bush" nature it lacked vigor, despite a good location and frequent feeding. It was late to produce any flowers at all, and very late to produce any females. Only one fruit survived long enough to be harvestable, and it is so poor quality it would be considered a "cull" by a farmer. Contrary to advertisement it not only got powdery mildew it is the ONLY cucurbit in my yard that got powdery mildew, and furthermore, it collapsed and died while others are still limping along and ripening fruits. I have a few photos documenting its poor performance. I've considered that my latitude (47.5 degrees) might have contributed to its poor performance, but another bush-type squash, a Styrian Hulless type, did fine. Squ... read more


On Jan 10, 2007, EdlinUser from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

Delicatas, for me, are the best tasting winter squash. This bush variety produces more, in a smaller space, and is more disease resistant than the older varieties. Bake or boil; split and remove seeds; maybe add a bit of salt and butter; eat with a spoon. Doesn't get any better. often called the sweet potato squash as the flavor/texture is much like sweet potatoes.


On Aug 10, 2005, rtsquirrel from Santa Cruz, CA wrote:

Beautiful vigorous plant, that produces delicious, thinskin squash, white with greenstripes at maturity, 6"-8" long. Have lost several fruits, brown end rot, probably from moist soil contact. Growing in raised bed, 50-50 mix planting soil & compost. Aphids really love this plant, so invest in ladybugs. Little fertilizer, once a week, for 3 weeks while less than 2' hi.


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

New variety bred by Cornell University, with more disease tolerance (particularly to powdery mildew) and better yields in a smaller space. Winner of the 2002 AAS award, it has the added bonus of being open pollinated, rather than an F1 hybrid. Produces 1 1/2 - 2 pound fruit, maturing in 80 days. Will store for approximately 100 days.