Squash, Fordhook Acorn
- Pale fruits weigh up to 2 pounds
- Similar to acorn squash flavor
- Winter squash and summer squash
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Squash, Fordhook Acorn Description
This variety was first introduced in 1890 by W. Atlee Burpee of Philadelphia. It is named for the Fordhood trial grounds at Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Squash were first cultivated in the Americas and brought to Europe by explorers returning with their discoveries. They have been documented as a part of human culture for thousands of years. Different domestication dates and events are recognized within the squash family, resulting in the difference between species groups like winter squash and summer squash.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 3-6 feet apart and plant your seeds 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.