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MEXICANA

MEXICANA

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Cucurbita pepo 46 days. These unique, slightly bulbed, gray-green zucchinis are rapidly gaining popularity. Mexicana's outstanding flavor and texture in addition to its heavy yields and early maturity are driving its demands. Its open, bush-type habit makes harvest easy, and superior disease resistance means reliable harvests. IR: CMV, PM, PRV, SLCV, WMV, ZYMV.
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AverageJo8777
Ole! Mexicana is a HIT!

I grew Mexicana seedlings for our Spring Plant Sale, using heat mats and grow lights. ALL of the seeds germinated and the seedlings really took off! Every single plant sold out. If the plants are as easy to grow as the seeds and the zucchinis are as tasty as they look, I'll definitely buy more seeds next year!

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Nicole
Best zuchini I've ever grown

I cannot say enough positive things about this zucchini. The plant itself is very compact and doesn't take up a huge chunk of real estate in your garden bed like other zucchini plants do. It is such a prolific and early producer at that. Just one of these plants has out produced all of our other zucchini plants combined. The size of the fruit is absolutely perfect. It's a smaller fruit, perfect for throwing on the grill and eating. It also has been very resistant to the powdery mildew that's taking over my other zuchini plants. This will always have a place in my garden from now on.

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Linda
Pleasantly surprised

I bought these after reading the comments about growing them in the southwest. I struggled with normal zucchini until now. I put these in a big pot and they're growing very well. They look healthy and are producing far better than any other zucchini I have grown before. I have only grown them during the winter so far. I will try a second crop in late winter for spring/summer harvest. Even though the seed is expensive, I will be growing these from now on.

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Jimmie
Fantastic

These plants produced a lot of Zucchini. I started the plants earlier than I should have and was picking on May 9th which is incredibly early for my area. My friends and family loved the flavor, we ended up cutting them long ways and grilling them with olive oil and seasoning. I currently have a second crop growing but the first plants of the year are still producing in mid-August. I was able to start new plants from seed in the ground with high 90 temps in July. Highly recommend, you will not be dissapointed.

Soil Temp for Germ 65–85°F
Seed Depth 1–1 ½"
Seed Spacing 3–4/hill
Days to Emergence 5–10
Thin Plants to 1–2/hill
Row Spacing 3–6'
Fertilizer Needs Medium
Minimum Germination 75%
Seeds per Gram See below
Seed Life 3–4 years

Cucurbita spp. In the diverse family of squash are true nutritional powerhouses, encompassing a wide array of forms, flavors, colorations, and culinary applications. Squash are rich in the carotenoids necessary for vitamin A production and boast a wide complement of amino acids. While starchy, most of the carbohydrates in the fruit come from special polysaccharides, pectins, which have exhibited strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic, insulin-regulating properties.

Days to maturity are from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Fertile, well-drained soil gives best results
• Squash is a warm season crop, so avoid planting too early; raised beds and plastic mulch help keep roots warm
• Squash are monoecious (bearing separate male and female flowers on the same plant) and require insect pollination
• Poor fruit set is often the result of inadequate pollination; plant bee attractant flowers

Direct Sowing
• Plant after frost danger when soil warms to 65°F
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Keep soil evenly moist but not wet as too much moisture causes seed to rot
• Bush varieties: sow 3-4 feet apart
• Vining varieties: sow 4-6 feet apart

Transplanting
• Start indoors 3-4 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date in 4 inch pots
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Transplant carefully as to not disturb roots

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Spotted and striped cucumber beetles, vine borers and squash bugs
• Insect control: Row covers and/or apply Pyrethrin
• Moschata species are resistant to vine borer
• Common diseases: See chart below; diseases vary by region
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and fungicide applications

Harvest & Storage
• Summer squash: Harvest regularly when fruits are young to keep plants productive
• Winter squash: Leave on vine until fully mature, rinds should be firm
• When winter squash is mature cut stem leaving 2-4 inches remaining, gently wash in sanitizing solution; 10 parts water to 1 part bleach
• For best results move winter squash to a warm dry area 80-90°F to cure; see each type (below) for curing requirements
• Store winter squash at 50-60°F with 50-75% relative humidity and good air circulation

Curing Requirements
• Acorn: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
• Buttercup: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
• Butternut: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
• Delicata: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
• Hubbard: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
• Kabocha: Cure 10–14 days; Store 1–2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4–6 months
• Mini-Hubbard: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
• Spaghetti: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months

Approximate seeds per gram
• Acorn, Butternut, & Delicata: 9-16
• Buttercup & Hubbard: 3-7
• Green, Gray Summer: 7–9
• Kabocha: 5–7
• Patty Pan: 7-10
• Romanesco: 4–5
• Spaghetti: 4-7
• Yellow Summer: 7-15
• Zucchini: 5-8


KEY TO SQUASH DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
CMV | Cucumber Mosaic Virus
PM | Powdery Mildew
PRV | Papaya Ringspot Virus
SLCV | Squash Leaf Curl Virus
WMV* | Watermelon Mosaic Virus
ZYMV | Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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