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Cucurbita pepo

Gem squash is a summer squash grown in South Africa. It’s around &dark green & can be cooked in a variety of ways. Easily grown in a sunny location, it is related to the butternut and is edible at all stages of its growth. Early gems are the size of golf balls, a full-size gem is about the size of a softball. They have a sweet flavor.

Sow your gem squash in the sunniest spot in your garden particularly in colder climes, in rich, well-drained soil. Add some compost to the soil before sowing for best results & sow the seeds in rows, 2 cm deep and 1 m apart. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged as this will cause the seeds to rot. Mulching is not necessary as the large leaves of the squash plant provide similar protection from moisture loss.


Germination Time (Days) 6 – 18
Harvest Time (Days) 50 – 90
Sowing Depth (mm) 15 – 25
Plant Spacing (cm) 60 – 100
Row Spacing (cm) 90 – 100
pH 5 – 7.5
Soil Temperature (°C)
Hardy / Frost Tender Frost Tender
Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings Sow Direct
Seed Preparation