Growing Tatume Squash from Seed to Harvest Posted on 10 Jun 16:28 , 1 comment
Summer squash is very popular for home gardeners. If you've never heard of Tatume Squash you are in for a treat!
"Tatume is a summer squash popular in Mexico and Texas, round/oval med-dark green to yellow fruits with faint stripes.
This old heirloom is picked small and used like zucchini, but these are so much more unique than regular zucchini!
Planting Tatume Squash Seeds
Plant Tatume squash, as with other squash, after all danger of frost has passed and the ground is warm. Choose a spot with full sun. Mix compost or well-rotted manure into the soil before planting.
Sow seeds 1 inch deep and 8 to 12 inches apart. This variety of squash can climb a trellis if you are looking to optimize your "air space."
Keep soil moist until seeds germinate. Germination usually occurs in 3 to 7 days under optimal conditions.
Tatume Squash is drought and heat tolerance make it a popular choice for growing in Texas and the U.S. Southwest.
Companion Planting for Squash
Harvesting Tatume Squash
You can start harvesting Tatume Squash when they are the size of a baseball but you might have a more substantial harvest if you wait a few more days.
This was at 51 days from seed to harvest and it weighed over 3 pounds.