Mike Hessel holding his Sugar Loaf Hessel Winter Squash

Sugar Loaf Hessel Winter Squash

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    Cucurbita pepo  Open pollinated.
    • 100 days. Delicata Type.
    • Mike Hessel's line of Sugar Loaf "Tan Delicata" is the best available; thicker flesh and higher yields.
    • Blocky squash average 5"-6" x 4" weighing in at a little over one pound.
    • Originally developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University, selected and improved by his student, Mike Hessel.
    • A Nichols Garden Nursery introduction.
    Planting Directions:  Plant in spring when soil is between 70° to 95°Plant in soil that has been amended with rich compost or general garden fertilizer. Plant 6-8 seeds ½ - 1” deep in hills spaced 3’ to 6’ apart. Thin seedlings to 3 per hill. Seeds may also be started indoors 3 to 4 weeks before last frost. Transplant to hills after all danger of frost has past and soil has warmed and remains 65°-75°. Squash need heavy watering on a regular schedule. Fruits are ready when the rind is hard to the fingernail and the stems begin to dry.