There are many types of fruit and vegetables that can be grown from the seeds of store bought produce and, if you have the time and space it can be good fun and a good way to grow some plants.
Growing squash from store bought seeds is an example. It’s inexpensive and easy, and will provide you with the opportunity to perhaps grow plants that are less common. All you need are some seeds, a sunny window ledge or backyard garden plot, and some time.
Where can I get squash seeds from?
You can try your local store. Many have different varieties of squashes for sale and you should have several to choose from.
If you cannot find squashes at the store then you can always buy seeds online at places such as Amazon that have many different choices and varieties.
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What do you need to grow squashes?
Here’s what you’ll need:
Seeds of any kind of squash.
Potting soil mix or composted manure/soil mix.
Tray with drainage holes cut in the bottom if using indoors.
How to grow your seeds into squashes
For setting up indoors, fill container with medium about half way then drop in 1 or 2 seeds into each pot for thinning later on.
Water lightly and place every where it will receive ample sunlight. If you’re good on space you can also use grow lights indoors.
Outdoors just dig a small hole, drop in your seed(s), cover with soil mix then water well.
Thin plants to 1 per spot when they have at least 3 sets of leaves by cutting at soil level, don’t worry if some roots are left behind as you’ll get plenty later on.
Water regularly, squash vines don’t like to stay wet for too long.
When plants start flowering (male with little football, female has a swelling at the base of its stem) you can transplant them into flats/containers with more potting soil mix if desired.
It also helps give them support by using some sort of garden stake nearby.
When your fruits are about 2″-3″ around and the stem is green with spongy yellow flesh you’re getting close to eating time.
Harvest just before the skin gets tough, this is when they taste best.
Can you plant the seeds straight out of the squash?
You should carefully wash the seeds to remove all traces of flesh and then let them dry before planting.
However, if you are looking for an easy solution to plant seeds straight out of the squash then place them in water overnight or up to 2 days.
This will cause them to soften and make it easier for the seed coat to come off.
After they’ve softened take them out and let them dry before planting. They should be easier that way.
How long do squash seeds take to germinate?
This depends largely on the size of the seed and the other conditions like temperature, water, etc.
Smaller seeds tend to germinate quicker than larger ones but, in general, they take 7 to 14 days to germinate.
The best time for planting squash seeds is in spring, although they can be started indoors during late winter if you live in a warmer climate.
How many squashes will one plant produce?
This depends on the variety of squash and how well you have been able to grow it.
Typical commercial squash production yields anywhere between 5 to 25 pounds per plant.
What other plants can I grow from seeds?
You can also try growing cucumbers, melons and gourds such as pumpkin or zucchini from seeds.
You will get a little variation each time but it is still good fun.
Growing your own squash is an easy and rewarding activity that can help you save some money.
You will be able to grow edible plants from store-bought seeds and also experience the satisfaction of growing something with your own hands.
There’s a whole world of things you can do with your home grown squashes to really enjoy them.
So head out, get some seeds and start growing.