Sweet Dumplin Acorn Squash – 5 Seed Count
Sweet, single-serving size. Small, 4″ diameter, teacup-shaped fruits average 3/4 – 1 lb. Very sweet, tender orange flesh. Suitable for stuffing. Medium length vines. Avg. yield: 8-10 fruits/plant.
Fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8–6.8 is best. Plastic mulch and fabric row covers (AG-19 grade) can aide plant establishment and exclude insect pests during the seedling stage. Row covers should be removed when plants begin to flower. Poor fruit development may indicate insufficient pollination.
Sow 2 seeds at the appropriate spacing interval for the variety’s vine length, 1/2-1″ deep. Thin to 1 plant per spacing interval after seedlings are established.
Bush to short-vine habits generally require 6′ between-row spacing, while long-vine habits require 12′ between-row spacing. In-row spacing depends on fruit size and is generally: small, 18-24″; medium, 24-36″; large, 36-48″.
Common cucurbit diseases include powdery mildew, downy mildew, bacterial wilt, and phytophthora. Avoid problems with adequate soil drainage, good air flow, insect pest control, and crop rotation. If necessary, check with your local Cooperative Extension Service agent for specific control options.
Fruits are typically ready about 50-55 days after fruit set, and should be harvested before any hard frosts. Cut fruits from vines and handle carefully. Sun cure by exposing fruits for 5-7 days or cure indoors by keeping squash at 80-85°F/27-29°C with good air ventilation.