Crookneck Squash, Summer Squash 'Dixie'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dixie
Hybridized by Asgrow
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Crookneck (summer)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Days to Maturity:

41 to 50 days

Mature Skin Color:



Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Cucumber mosaic virus (VMV)

Seed Type:


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Augusta, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Long Beach, Mississippi

Jonesville, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 2, 2013, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This variety grows pretty well here. It's not my favorite hybrid but it is adequate. The plants didn't bush as much as the regular straights or crooks but they produced as much or more than the regular types that are widely used in these parts. I would grow them again though. I can't tell much of a difference in the taste.


On Jul 3, 2009, MerryPlanter from Long Beach, MS wrote:

My first attempt at squash: First fruit was about 6 inches, but all ripe fruit since have been tiny, only about 3-4 inches and very thin. Have been reading that more water may help. We have had an unusual dry spell, but I have been watering regularly. Will try watering more deeply at each watering.


On Jun 22, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my first year growing this squash. I must say it has a very nice mild flavor. Due to our drought the fruits are small. I'm having to water almost daily even thoug they are growing in raised beds. I selected them b/c of their compact bush habit to grow in the beds. They are by far the smallest squash plants I have ever grown.

I will definitely grow these again.


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

Dixie is the most popular market garden crookneck in this area. It is resistant to cucumber mosaic which can render yellow squash unmarketable. I am a hobby grower so I am not as concerned with appearance. I prefer Horn of Plenty for flavor although some years I will get a number of green mottled fruit. Dixie is a good producer and looks good. Flesh has a higher water content than I like.