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When to Plant
Winter Squash in Ellendale, North Dakota, United States of America

Planting vegetable seeds at the correct time is the most important step for getting the most out of your garden. Knowing exactly when to plant winter squash in your garden in Ellendale, North Dakota, United States of America will increase growing success and provide better yields.

Check optimal planting dates regularly for best results because the weather, and our results, change daily. 

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The optimal time to plant winter squash in Ellendale, North Dakota, United States of America is  - . The best day is with a success rate of %.

 

Anywhere between 70-100% is great. If consistently below that you may want to start growing from seedling or young plant, or possibly grow in sheltered environment

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Important winter squash growing information relevant to your exact garden location in Ellendale, North Dakota, United States of America:

The total number of frost free days for your garden in Ellendale, North Dakota, United States of America is days, but the total number of optimal days to plant winter squash is days.

For best results you should start planting winter squash in days starting .

Recommended Winter Squash Varieties

for Ellendale, North Dakota, United States of America
Hubbard
Blue Magic
Acorn
Cream of the Crop
Table Ace
Table King
Carnival
Buttercup/Kabocha
Ambercup
Sweet Mama

Gardening Data Sources

for Winter Squash

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Gardening Data Sources

for Winter Squash

Gardening Websites

26 sources

Gardening Blogs

22 sources

Home Gardeners

1 sources

Other Sources

25 sources

How to Grow Winter Squash in Ellendale, North Dakota, United States of America

Squash, while technically is a fruit, is mostly eaten as a vegetable. Squash is divided into two groups, winter squash and summer squash and the difference between the two is at what stage the fruit is harvested and eaten. Winter squash is harvested and eaten when both the fruit and the seeds have matured and the outer skin has hardened into a tough rind. Although it is called winter squash the seed is actually planted when the soil has warmed in the spring. Winter squashes are indigenous to the Americas and have been used in agriculture since 5,000 BC. Seeds found in Mexico have been dated as 10,000 years old, making it one of the oldest cultivated crops. Winter squash is of the genus Cucurbita, which means that each plant produces both male and female flowers. For some varieties, if temperatures are not warm enough they will produce only male flowers, which do not form fruit. If stored properly, winter squash can be edible for up to six months after harvest, which is another reason why it has been cultivated for thousands of years.

Use these images to know if your winter squash is heading in the right direction and growing properly. Exact number of growing days varies for each winter squash variety. Below is the average number of days for each stage gathered from many different varieties.

Germination
8 days
Young seedling
8 days
Mature seedling
10 days
Young plant
27 days
Mature plant
45 days
Total days:
98 days

Germination
8 days
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Young Seedling
8 days
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Mature Seedling
10 days
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Young Plant
27 days
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Mature Plant
45 days
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Total Days
98 days

Winter Squash Germination Guide

(Stage 1: Germination)

Germination is the process by which a plant grows from a seed. It is the first stage of the plant growing process and it begins when the seed is sown and ends when the radicale emerges out of the seed.

All seeds require proper soil temperature, moisture, air and light conditions to germinate successfully. However, during the germination stage the seeds require more soil warmth and moisture than light exposure.

Seeds respire just like any other living organism, requiring oxygen and producing carbon dioxide (CO2), so it is crucial to use a soil media that is sufficiently aerated so that the seeds do not “suffocate”.

100% of our growing experts recommend to directly sow winter squash seeds into the ground. What is direct sowing and why do I care about it?

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Required germination period

6-12 days

(6 sources)
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Optimal germination period

5-10 days

(27 sources)
Required soil temp.

64.3º-99.1ºF / 18º-37.3ºC

(27 sources)
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Optimal soil temp.

68.8º-89.8ºF / 20.4º-32.1ºC

(73 sources)
Required day temp.

59.5º-100ºF / 15.3º-37.8ºC

(2 sources)
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Optimal day temp.

72.8º-93.2ºF / 22.6º-34ºC

(4 sources)
Required night temp.

59.5º-100ºF / 15.3º-37.8ºC

(2 sources)
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Optimal night temp.

81.5º-92.3ºF / 27.5º-33.5ºC

(2 sources)
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Optimal seed depth

1.5 inches / 3.7 cm

(51 sources)
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Optimal plant spacing

20.3 inches / 51.6 cm

(29 sources)
Growmigo - Row Spacing
Optimal row spacing

69.6 inches / 176.9 cm

(7 sources)

Winter Squash Growing Guide

(Stages 2-5: Growth)

Once seed has germinated and radicale has emerged the second stage of the plant growing process begins, developing from radicale to cotyledon -the embryonic first leaves of the seed forming a young seedling.

During the third stage of plant development cotyledon develops to 3-4 true leaves, stem begins to grow, becoming a mature seedling.

In the fourth stage the mature seedling develops to a young plant, ready for transplanting.

The fifth stage of plant development the plant is fully mature bearing fruit and/or flower.

The following guidelines apply to all of the winter squash plants’ needs during stages 2-5 from radicale emergence to full maturity. During these stages sunlight becomes a more active participant in plant growth and development than in the germination phase.

Soil pH is an important factor during these stages as well. What is pH and why is it important?

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Required soil temp.

65º-87.5ºF / 18.3º-30.8ºC

(14 sources)
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Optimal soil temp.

64.3º-71.6ºF / 17.9º-22ºC

(4 sources)
Required day temp.

50º-89.6ºF / 10º-32ºC

(2 sources)
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Optimal day temp.

63.8º-82.6ºF / 17.7º-28.1ºC

(7 sources)
Required night temp.

50º-65ºF / 10º-18.3ºC

(2 sources)
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Optimal night temp.

55º-65ºF / 12.8º-18.3ºC

(5 sources)
Required sunlight hours

6-NAN

(20 sources)
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Optimal sunlight hours

6-12

(24 sources)
Required soil pH

6-7

(22 sources)
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Optimal soil pH

5.9-6.6

(66 sources)
Required watering amount

0.9-2 inches / 2.3-5.1 cm (per week)

(1 sources)
Growmigo - Watering Amount
Optimal watering amount

1-1.8 inches / 2.5-4.5 cm (per week)

(44 sources)
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Optimal depth

1.9 inches / 4.8 cm

(1 sources)
Growmigo - Plant Spacing
Optimal plant spacing

35.4 inches / 89.8 cm

(3 sources)
Growmigo - Row Spacing
Optimal row spacing

97.5 inches / 247.7 cm

(1 sources)

How difficult is it to grow winter squash?

Growing winter squash, or any other vegetable for that matter, is not hard, however some plants require more attention and care than others depending on the following factors:

 

Are you starting to grow your plant from seed? seedling? young plant? Depending on what stage plant you choose to plant will impact growing difficulty and patience.

The length of the growing season for your exact garden location.

If you have a short growing season and you want to start growing from seed then you may need to start the growing process in a sheltered environment (greenhouse or inside your home) which will require more involvement in the growing process.

Whether you direct sow in the garden or start in trays and then transplant also affects the level of difficulty

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Companion Planting Guide

for Winter Squash

What is companion planting?

Companion planting is intentional planting of two or more vegetables and/or flowers next to each other in order to positively impact plant health and yield

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