Winter squash sweet dumpling seed by Mr. Fothergill's. Unusual and appealing fruit. Highly ornamental, contrastingly marked fruits appear in great numbers and store well for later use. The fruits have an excellent flavour and grow to 200-500g, an ideal size for culinary use. Hugely versatile, the flesh can be used for soups, pies, roast.
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Sow and grow: Sow indoors, March-May for surest results, 1.5 cm (1/2-inch) deep, on edge, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20 degree C (60-68 degree F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 90 cm (3-feet) apart, into well-drained, fertile soil, when frosts are over. Or, sow outdoors, during May for ease, where they are to crop, 1.5 cm (1/2-inch) deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained, fertile soil, which has already been watered. Allow 90 cm (3-feet) between sowing positions. Sow two seeds on edge per position. Early sowings benefit from cloche protection. Thin to leave the stronger plant. Water well until plants are established. Harvest: September-October.
Hints and tips: The 2-5g fruits have sweet, tender, orange flesh and are the perfect size for stuffing and roasting whole as individual servings. Store in a dry, frost-free location for several months.