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Turban Squash Seeds

  • Brand: KNOWN-YOU
  • Quantity: About 10 seeds per package
  • Germination: 7-10 days
  • Soil Condition:  soil pH of  5.5-6.5
  • Sowing depth: Plant seeds 1/2-1 inch deep
  • Spacing: 6 feet or 2 metre spacing
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Watering Time: Frequent
  • Fertilizing: Recommended
SKU: I-080

Availability: In stock

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Official Name:  Cucurbita maxima

General description: Turban squash is medium to large in size, averaging 25-38 centimeters in diameter and weighing about five pounds, and is lopsided, round, and irregularly shaped. At its blossom end is a turban-like cap that gathers in the center and then expands out to a bulbous base. The thin, smooth rind ranges in color from mottled green, orange, red, to yellow or striped, and a single squash often displays all of these colors on the turban cap. The fine-textured orange flesh is dense and firm with a central cavity filled with stringy pulp and flat, cream-colored seeds. When cooked, Turban squash has a floury texture that is mild to sweet depending upon variety. Turban squash was first mentioned in the 1818 publication of Le Bon Jardinier, which is a French encyclopedia. Before 1818, there were turban shaped cultivars, such as the French Turban, but its flavor was bland and texture watery, so it was predominantly used as an ornamental. This French Turban, however, would go on to be a parent along with the hubbard, acorn, and autumnal marrow to the American Turban in the early nineteenth century, which offered a much more desirable flavor and texture. Today Turban squash can be found at specialty grocers and farmers markets in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

How to grow: Keep soil moist, not wet, and keep an eye out for pests. Squash bugs, cucumber beetles and squash vine borers are particularly attracted to this plant. Treat with insecticidal soap before turning to commercial insecticides. Deer and rabbits are sometimes a problem, which can possibly be prevented with a couple layers of chicken wire over growing fruits. Harvest when the shell hardens. Use them in a basket or porch display with pumpkins and other gourds and winter squash types. 

Grow plants in full sun.

Like other Cucurbits, Turk's Turban are heavy feeders. Plant them in a rich garden soil. The soil should be well drained. Provide ample fertilizer on a regular basis. A side dressing of fertilizer and regular feedings of fertilizer will significantly help the health of the plant and the size of the harvest.

Water regularly, especially during dry periods and the fruit growth stage. Water deeply. Like other garden vegetables, keep soil moist, not wet. Irregular watering, can result in pre-mature ripening of the fruit.

Weed regularly, especially during the early growth stage. Adding a layer of mulch or compost, will keep the weeds down, and feed the plant.

Train vines to go in the direction you want them to go. Carefully, and slowly, turn vines as needed. Move them a little each day. Trim vines, removing tertiary vines to promote larger fruit growth.

Benefits: Turban squash is an excellent source of vitamin A and is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene.

 

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