Growing Non-GMO Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash Vegetable Seeds
- Latin Name: Cucurbita pepo
- Hardiness Zone: Annual 3-11
- Days to Maturity: 50-60
- Days to Germination: 4-14
- Seeding Depth: 1"
- Plant Spacing: 36-48"
- Row Spacing: 36-48"
- Plant Height: 18-36"
- Growth Habit: Leafy branching mound
- Soil Preference: Medium moist, organic, fertile, well-drained
- Temperature Preference: 60-85 °F
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Early Prolific Straighneck Color: Bright golden yellow fruits
- Early Prolific Straighneck Flavor: Mildly sweet and buttery
- Pests and Diseases: Monitor regularly for disease-carry pests such as squash bugs, squash borers, and cucumber beetles.
How to Grow Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash from Seed
Summer squash thrives from frequent harvests and, if left unattended for even a day or two, will surprise with huge fruit. Summer squash seeds are a full sun staple able to be sown directly after final spring frost but, for earliest starts, begin indoors 3-4 weeks prior. Plant 2-3 squash seeds 1" deep per cell, 4-6" apart in organic, moist, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5-7.0.
Whether transplanting or sowing direct, plant summer squash seeds on 6-8” tall mounds of soil to accommodate heavy vegetation. Seeds germinate in 4-14 days, thinning out best starts and indoors transplants to 24-36" apart per mound. Summer squash benefits from a top layer of mulch to help cool soil and roots. Fertilize after the first set of blooms appear and again during fruiting stage. Squash becomes starchy and less flavorful when 18-24” long.
Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash in the Vegetable Garden
Summer squash boasts one of the most productive, reliable, and fastest growing crops available in the summer. Whether zucchini, crookneck, cousa, or Mexican squash, once these sun-loving squashes start fruiting, they’ll continue producing non-stop all the way until the frost. Summer squash thrives from frequent harvests and, if left unattended for even a day or two, is notorious for spitting out unexpected 18-24” monsters when you weren’t looking.
Squash seeds can be directly sown into the ground when temperatures are consistently warm. Squash needs over 3 feet of space and good ventilation for the fruit. Otherwise, there will be rotting and mildew. Squash will have a straight neck, and a buttery yellow color. Flesh of squash is smooth.
Harvesting Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash
Summer squash is one of the fastest, most productive crops in the garden and, with frequent harvests, will continue to produce all the way until the frost. Most varieties are ready to harvest 50-60 days from sowing or ideally when 6-8” long. Summer squash will quickly reach a starchy and less flavorful 18-24” long if not harvested promptly. Using shears or a knife, carefully clip off fruits at the stem. Do not harvest young and tender squash by twisting or pulling.
Squash will be ready to harvest in 58 days, and you can harvest every couple of days. Harvest yellow squash when it measures 5-6". If you are harvesting squash blossoms, harvest in the morning.
About Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash Seeds
Cucurbita pepo. (50-60 Days)
There are so many uses for Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash. This yellow squash is so easy to cook. Just slice it and sauté with some olive oil, salt, and spices. It’s delicious in a squash casserole. You can also throw it on the grill and eat it with some salmon and a salad. It’s the perfect summer treat.
An All American Selections Winner in 1938, Early Prolific Straightneck produces high yields of lemon-yellow slightly club shaped squash. Read all about Early Prolific Straightneck's debut as the 1938 All-America Selections Vegetable Winner.
This yellow squash has been the standard for squash for generations.
Early prolific squash is highly adaptable to many areas.
Tastiest harvested when squash are 7" long or smaller.
By far the most popular summer squash we sell.
Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash Seeds Per Package:
- 7 g - Packet - Approx 100 Seeds
- 1 oz - Wholesale - Approx 400 Seeds
- 4 oz - Wholesale - Approx 1,600 Seeds
- 1 lb - Bulk - Approx 6,400 Seeds
- 5 lb - Bulk - Approx 32,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Bulk - Approx 160,000 Seeds
Non-GMO Early Prolific Straightneck summer squash seeds are available for Fast Free Shipping on orders over $45.