Is it too late?

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Is it too late?

Post: # 291440Post sususanan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:33 pm

Is it too late, in the south, to plant pumpkin, squash and marrow seeds directly into the ground?

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Re: Is it too late?

Post: # 291441Post Flo
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:14 pm

Yes in my opinion - especially this year as everything is growing late.

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Post: # 291470Post happyhippy
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:48 am

Yes I agree with Flo.They would probably grow quite well initially,but the fruit will only be half grown when nights start drawing in and maybe frosts hit which would kill it.

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Post: # 291477Post Green Aura
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:30 am

I would agree too, but I've just been looking on a website that sells veg plants and their butternut squash plants were/are due for delivery in June.
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Re: Is it too late?

Post: # 291478Post happyhippy
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:44 am

Oh?Last year GA,my pumpkin seeds were slow to germinate for some reason.They took though well enough in July,but unfortunately I did'nt get to harvest any fruit as the frost killed them before they were large enough! :( Is there such a thing as frost resistant plants?

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Post: # 291480Post Green Aura
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:34 am

Dunno, hh, I've only grown squash in the polytunnel so that's not much help. I wonder if those long cloches (the ones like teeny tiny polytunnels) might do the trick.
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Post: # 291483Post Odsox
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:21 am

happyhippy wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:44 am
Is there such a thing as frost resistant plants?
No, none of the curcurbit family are frost resistant.
There are small bush varieties of courgette and butternut squash that can be grown in largish pots, that way if an early frost is forecast you could bring it indoors for the night.
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