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Post  Mikesgardn 4/17/2022, 5:13 pm

In my garden, I like to try something new every year, and this year I am trying avocado squash.   I've tried regular summer squash, but it is always hit and miss due to the vine borer.  But this squash is made to grow vertically, and it is very resistant to the borer.  I'm curious if anybody else has grown this, and what spacing they used?    Thanks in advance!
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Post  sanderson 4/18/2022, 4:17 am

Mike, I had to do a little searching to find avocado squash. Early Bulam, a vining summer squash. Hybrid with no seed or if seeds, they can't be saved. The information from each seed company seemed to be cut and paste, with no mention of SVB resistance. If it truly is a vigorous vining plant, then 1 plant per 1 or 2 sq foot if trained vertically. I'm aggressive with planting winter squash and gourds and plant 1/sq ft sandwiching them between trellises every foot. I don't know if it has tendrils like winter squash or if you have to tie/clip to the trellis.

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Post  OhioGardener 4/18/2022, 11:33 am

I have never seen nor heard of the Avocado Squash, Mike, but one thing I have learned about summer squash over the years is to out-wait the SVB. If I delay starting the summer squash until after the SVB has already emerged from the soil and moved on to neighbors gardens, they tend to not to bother my plants.

I did have one of the Yellow Zucchini Squash plants attacked by the SVB last year, though, and I experimented with removing the larva to save the plant. It worked much better than I expected. I made a short video on the success of it. Very Happy


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Post  Mikesgardn 4/19/2022, 9:32 am

This website has some info and pictures about avocado squash.  It does say that it is somewhat resistant to squash borers.  And looking at the pictures, I think I shouldn't plant any denser than 1 per 2 SF.
https://www.kindground.org/cultivate-nourishment/avocado-squash
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Post  sanderson 4/19/2022, 3:55 pm

Decent article. It does highlight that saving the seeds will not produce the same. But, that is the nature of hybrids. Looking forward to this summer when you post an update.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 4/29/2022, 1:35 pm

OG, like when do you delay your squash until?
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Post  Soose 4/29/2022, 7:11 pm

OhioGardener wrote:I did have one of the Yellow Zucchini Squash plants attacked by the SVB last year, though, and I experimented with removing the larva to save the plant. It worked much better than I expected. I made a short video on the success of it. Very Happy

I didn't know you have a YouT. channel, OhioGardener!  Excellent video, enjoyed the music, subscribed.  Thanks!
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Post  OhioGardener 4/30/2022, 8:54 am

Scorpio Rising wrote:OG, like when do you delay your squash until?

The SVB susceptible squash plants, like summer squash, Red Kuri, etc., I wait until the the 2nd week of July to plant. All of the SVB larva are out of the ground by then and no longer a threat.

The plants resistant to the SVB, like the Butternut, Cushaw, and Banana squash, I plant in mid-June.

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Post  Mikesgardn 8/27/2022, 5:22 pm

Well, the avocado squash is a success!   It grew very quickly on the trellis, and no signs of vine borer so far.   The picture shows what I picked today, one is baseball sized, the other is softball sized.Avocado Squash - Early Bulam, a vining summer squash Avocad10
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Post  Soose 8/27/2022, 5:25 pm

Mikesgardn wrote:Well, the avocado squash is a success!   It grew very quickly on the trellis, and no signs of vine borer so far.   The picture shows what I picked today, one is baseball sized, the other is softball sized.
So what's it taste and look like?
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