Cucurbita maxima, (Circa 1909 USA) Reliable, Bluish-Grey Skin, Once the standard against which all squash was judged, a reliable, bluish-grey green rind, creamy-yellow flesh & onion-shaped ribbed variety. Introduced in 1909, originally under Symmes Blue Hubbard, after S. S. Symmes, a gardener from Mass. USA, who worked for the James J. H. Gregory seed co for many years. Believed to be a cross of Middleton Blue or Marblehead & original Hubbard. Always reliably fine-textured & dry with a quite rich flavour; great baked in pies or cut into pieces & baked or steamed, Good keeper, 110-day maturity, size 8 to 10 pounds, Seed Count Approx - 6 avg
SOWING - Squash will not germinate in cold soil & needs a warm spot, well-drained & fertile soil with plenty of composted organic matter to conserve moisture;. Planting should be delayed until the soil has warmed (can be started in a greenhouse mid-March onward, plant out end Mayish), Sow directly insitu after the threat of frost has passed. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 36 in apart, Harvest just before frosts when the stems dry & turn brown.