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Squash Queensland Blue

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An Australian Heirloom variety, producing vigorous trailing vines with 3-5kg deeply ribbed attractive steel blue fruits. The bright orange flesh is sweet with almost treacle like hint when roasted and the fruits store extremely well for 4-5 months in cool, dark and dry conditions.

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Squash Queensland Blue

Squash Queensland Blue . An Australian Heirloom variety, producing vigorous trailing vines with 3-5kg deeply ribbed attractive steel blue fruits. The bright orange flesh is sweet with almost treacle like hint when roasted and the fruits store extremely well for 4-5 months in cool, dark and dry conditions.

Cultivation advice 

  • Queensland Blue squash is a warm-season crop. Start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last expected frost or sow seeds directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed.
  • Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil.
  • Amend the soil with well-rotted compost or manure to improve fertility and drainage.
  • Queensland Blue squash prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Plant seeds or seedlings in hills or rows, with spacing of about 3 to 4 feet between plants. Each hill can have 2-3 seeds, and if more than one plant germinates, thin to the strongest seedling.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the flowering and fruiting stages.
  • Water at the base of the plant to prevent water on the leaves, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
  • Apply a layer of organic mulch around the plants to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a more even soil temperature.
  • Fertilize with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer at planting time and then again when the vines start to develop.
  • Avoid excessive nitrogen, as this can promote excessive foliage growth at the expense of fruit development.
  • Queensland Blue squash plants can have trailing vines. Providing support, such as a trellis or a sturdy fence, can help keep the fruits off the ground and save space in the garden.
  • Queensland Blue squash plants produce both male and female flowers. Bees are the primary pollinators, so encourage pollinator activity in your garden.
  • Keep an eye out for common garden pests such as aphids and squash bugs. Handpick or use insecticidal soap for control.
  • Companion planting with herbs like basil can help deter pests
  • Harvest Queensland Blue squash when the fruits reach their mature size, which is typically around 10-15 pounds. – Cut the squash from the vine, leaving a short stem attached.
  • Rotate crops each year to reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases.
  • Provide good air circulation by spacing plants adequately and pruning excess foliage.
  • Plant companion crops that can help deter pests and enhance the overall health of the garden. Marigolds and nasturtiums are examples of companion plants for squash.
  • Consider succession planting to stagger harvest times and extend your Queensland Blue squash harvest throughout the season.
  • Queensland Blue squash is sensitive to frost. Plant after the last expected frost date and provide protection if there’s a late cold snap.
  • Wait until the soil has warmed up before planting Queensland Blue squash seeds. Planting in warm soil promotes better germination and early growth.
  • In areas with intense summer heat, consider providing partial shade during the hottest part of the day to prevent stress on the plants.
  • While Queensland Blue squash plants tend to have bushy growth, providing some support such as stakes or cages can help keep the vines organized and make harvesting easier.
  • Use organic mulch, such as straw or shredded leaves, to maintain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and provide insulation against temperature extremes.
  • Maintain consistent watering to prevent blossom-end rot and ensure proper fruit development. Inconsistent watering can lead to quality issues with the fruits.
  • Intercrop Queensland Blue squash with other compatible vegetables or herbs. This can maximize space and create a more diverse and resilient garden ecosystem.
  • Queensland Blue squash can be grown in large containers if garden space is limited. Choose a container with good drainage and provide support for the vines.
  • Periodically amend the soil with well-rotted compost or organic matter to replenish nutrients and improve soil structure.
  • Avoid planting squash in the same location year after year to reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases and pests.
  • Harvest Queensland Blue squash by gently twisting or cutting the fruits from the plant. Regular harvesting encourages continuous production.
  • Queensland Blue squash has a sweet, dense flesh that is well-suited for roasting, baking, or sautéing. Experiment with different culinary preparations to fully enjoy its flavor.
  • If there is an abundance of male flowers, consider harvesting a few for culinary use. The female flowers are the ones that develop into fruits.
  • After harvest, compost any plant residues to recycle nutrients back into the soil.

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