Squash, PA Dutch Crookneck
- Dark orange flesh is sweet
- Long, curved necks
- Excellent for pies and soups
- Good keeper
- Winter squash
- 100-110 days
(C. moschata) Gorgeous and enormous—fruits weigh 10-20 pounds. Very easy to prepare since the seeds are all contained neatly in the bottom bulb of the fruit. Simply cut the long curved neck into rings and bake. Sweet dark orange flesh, excellent for pies or soups. Good keeper. 100-110 days.
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.