A baked and buttered 'Honey Boat' with or without a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar makes a succulent treat for a chilly autumn day! The rich, golden-orange squash has a delectably sweet, nutty flavor. High in calcium, potassium, folate, and vitamins A and C. There's no better way to enjoy summer sunshine in the depths of winter. 9'-12' vines.
• Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo
• Days to Maturity: 90 days
• Family: Cucurbitaceae
• Native: United States and Northern Mexico
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 9'–12'vines
• Variety Information: 6"–8" long, 3" diameter, and about ¾–1 pounds. Outer shell is ribbed, yellow-tan with green stripes and flecks; flesh is golden orange. Developed by Oregon State University vegetable breeder Jim Baggett in 1988, 'Honey Boat' is a staple of the Oregon Thanksgiving dinner.
• Type: Delicata
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–85°F.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ½–1"
• Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound
• Row Spacing: 4'–6'
• Thinning: When 3" leaves, thin to 1–2 per mound
• Harvesting: Harvest when the squash's rind is hard enough that you can't dent it with your fingernail and before first frost. Cut stem, (don't break it off) leaving 2" of stem attached, which keeps the squash whole, leaving no opening for infection. Though fruits are hard and may seem indestructible, treat them gently; bruising can spoil squash.