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Sweet Meat–Oregon Homestead (OG)

Cucurbita maxima
HOW TO GROW WINTER SQUASH MAXIMA

Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last frost. Start 3 seeds in flats or 4” pots, thin to 1-2 plants. Direct seed after last frost or soil 70˚F. Seeds will rot in cool wet soil. 5-6 seeds to a 12” diameter hill or disturbed area. Can transplant end of last frost with row cover. Cucurbita maxima is typically cultivated in cooler areas than C. moschata or C. angyrosperma. Cure in warm dry place such as a garage for one week after harvest. Pinch new blossoms midsummer to encourage larger set fruit size. Soil pH 5.1-7.0. Hardiness zones 4-11. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 176-300 seeds per ounce. Average 15M seeds per acre. Federal germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 6 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/2-1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 70-85˚F
Days to Germ. 3-10
Plant Spacing 3-4’
Row Spacing 10’
Days To Maturity 105-115
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained
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Carol Deppe, “This line of Sweet Meat represents my re-selection of the Oregon heirloom for all its traditional virtues-sweet thick dry flesh of unsurpassed flavor, fruits 12 - 25 lbs, huge delicious seeds, long storing, and ability to germinate in cold mud and grow vigorously in cool weather. These characteristi...

Carol Deppe, “This line of Sweet Meat represents my re-selection of the Oregon heirloom for all its traditional virtues-sweet thick dry flesh of unsurpassed flavor, fruits 12 - 25 lbs, huge delicious seeds, long storing, and ability to germinate in cold mud and grow vigorously in cool weather. These characteristics have largely been lost from the current commercial lines. Cure indoors at least one month. Oregonians traditionally open their first Sweet Meat for Thanksgiving. Gets sweeter and more delicious in storage. Stores at least 6 months. Freezes well. Cooked squash makes good fruit leather. Immature squash left at the end of the growing season make good summer squash and drying squash.” This is Open Source Pledged Seed (OSSI): see www.osseeds.org.

”Sweet Meat–Oregon Homestead is grown on an isolated farm as the only variety of their species on the farm. With both, I generally have plant populations of at least 80. More usually a hundred or more. Only the top 20% or so of the fruits are kept for seed. We eat or sell the rest. I actively, personally select each fruit for critical characteristics such as flesh thickness, seed size, and flavor each generation. The squash seed fruits are all heavily after-ripened before processing, so the seed germinates very vigorously in the field, but not under sterile conditions.”

Tags: Color: White, Size: Large, Specialty: Storage, Season: Late Summer Fall, Certification: Organic.
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Sweet Meat–Oregon Homestead (OG)

Cucurbita maxima

Carol Deppe, “This line of Sweet Meat represents my re-selection of the Oregon heirloom for all its traditional virtues-sweet thick dry flesh of unsurpassed flavor, fruits 12 - 25 lbs, huge delicious seeds, long storing, and ability to germinate in cold mud ...

Carol Deppe, “This line of Sweet Meat represents my re-selection of the Oregon heirloom for all its traditional virtues-sweet thick dry flesh of unsurpassed flavor, fruits 12 - 25 lbs, huge delicious seeds, long storing, and ability to germinate in cold mud and grow vigorously in cool weather. These characteristics have largely been lost from the current commercial lines. Cure indoors at least one month. Oregonians traditionally open their first Sweet Meat for Thanksgiving. Gets sweeter and more delicious in storage. Stores at least 6 months. Freezes well. Cooked squash makes good fruit leather. Immature squash left at the end of the growing season make good summer squash and drying squash.” This is Open Source Pledged Seed (OSSI): see www.osseeds.org.

”Sweet Meat–Oregon Homestead is grown on an isolated farm as the only variety of their species on the farm. With both, I generally have plant populations of at least 80. More usually a hundred or more. Only the top 20% or so of the fruits are kept for seed. We eat or sell the rest. I actively, personally select each fruit for critical characteristics such as flesh thickness, seed size, and flavor each generation. The squash seed fruits are all heavily after-ripened before processing, so the seed germinates very vigorously in the field, but not under sterile conditions.”

Tags: Color: White, Size: Large, Specialty: Storage, Season: Late Summer Fall, Certification: Organic.
Learn More
HOW TO GROW WINTER SQUASH MAXIMA

Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last frost. Start 3 seeds in flats or 4” pots, thin to 1-2 plants. Direct seed after last frost or soil 70˚F. Seeds will rot in cool wet soil. 5-6 seeds to a 12” diameter hill or disturbed area. Can transplant end of last frost with row cover. Cucurbita maxima is typically cultivated in cooler areas than C. moschata or C. angyrosperma. Cure in warm dry place such as a garage for one week after harvest. Pinch new blossoms midsummer to encourage larger set fruit size. Soil pH 5.1-7.0. Hardiness zones 4-11. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 176-300 seeds per ounce. Average 15M seeds per acre. Federal germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 6 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/2-1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 70-85˚F
Days to Germ. 3-10
Plant Spacing 3-4’
Row Spacing 10’
Days To Maturity 105-115
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained
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