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Botanical name

Cucurbita pepo var. pepo

Plant Care


Common name(s)

Gem squash


Planting instructions

Sow five to six seeds per basin; thin out to three plants per station. Gem squash can be trained onto a trellis, with seeds planted 1m apart.


Water well during dry weather and feed with liquid fertilizer every 10 days once the fruits start to swell.

Soil conditions

Soil should be rich and well drained.


Dehusked seeds are a delicious snack and can be added to bread, biscuits, stuffings and stir-fries, and the pulp is a great ingredient in roasts, fritters and pies. The flowers are also edible and can be added to dishes as a flavouring.

Interesting planting ideas

Plant near mealies, beans and radishes. also plant garlic and chives near them, this helps with mildew.

Interesting info

Gem squash is low in Saturated Fat, Sodium and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

Common pests and diseases

Pumpkin fly, aphids. Mildew.


Five plants should yield enough squash for a family of five.



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