Grow, Harvest and Store Spaghetti Squash

Looking for a new addition to your garden this spring? We suggest you grow spaghetti squash. Not only is spaghetti squash an easy-to-grow vegetable but it is a winter squash. Which means, if stored correctly, you'll have squash throughout the winter and maybe even into next spring.

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    That makes spaghetti squash not only a healthy but a diverse vegetable to add to your garden. Plus, it is one of the more mellow flavored squashes. If you don't like squash, you still might like spaghetti squash.

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    How Long do Spaghetti Squash Take to Grow?

    Spaghetti squash typically take around 85-100 days to mature, depending on the variety and growing conditions. You if want a head start, you can start the seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before your last frost date. We live in zone 7a and typically have enough time to grow and harvest spaghetti squash without needing to start indoors.

    Once the seedlings have reached 3-4 inches in height and your garden soil has warmed up, it's time to transplant them outside.

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    How Many Spaghetti Squash Will One Plant Produce?

    On average, you can expect to harvest around 3-5 spaghetti squash per plant. However, really healthy and happy plants can produce more. For best results, make sure to plant your seeds in fertile, well-draining soil and provide them with plenty of sunshine and water.

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    Will Spaghetti Squash Ripen off the Vine?

    Yes and no. Spaghetti squash should be picked when the rind has hardened and the stem has started to dry out. If the squash is a yellow color, light or dark, it can still harden and ripen after harvest.

    That means if it is late in the season and you need to pick your final crop, if it is yellow, you can pick it and harden in outside in the sun on a table until the skin is yellow.

    However, squash that is dark or light green will not ripen off the vine. It just isn't ready and will taste green and will rot if stored this way.

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    How Do I Know When to Harvest Spaghetti Squash?

    As mentioned above, mature spaghetti squash will have a hardened rind and a dry stem. Additionally, you can gently press on the skin – if it's firm, the squash is ready to be picked.

    How Do You Store Spaghetti Squash for the Winter?

    Once your spaghetti squash has hardened, or cured, simply place them in a cool, dry and dark area with good ventilation. A basement or pantry that is between 50-60°F is best. They can freeze, so avoid placing them outdoors. Spaghetti squash can last for 3-4 months if stored properly.

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    With these tips, we hope you grow spaghetti squash to last you through the winter. Just remember that any time you start a new vegetable, you'll have some growing pains. But it is so worth it. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to enjoy growing spaghetti squash!

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