Here is the Tatume, Cucurbita pepo. It is also know as the Tatuma. Popular in Mexico and south Texas, this squash is very much a gourd when it turns orange! It is eaten when its small. The vine can grow up to 20' long and put out as many as 12 per vine. If left to cure an dry through out the winter and can be made into a bird house! Tatume is one of the rarest varieties of squash that can be harvested as either a summer or winter type. The fruits of the Tatume squash are round or oblate in shape. It's PM/DM resistant and will come up on its own if left out all winter. We found it to bitter for our taste but still fun to grow! Open pollinated 70-80 days.
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Tatume is one of the rarest varieties of squash that can be harvested as either a summer or winter type. 'Tatume' fruit. The fruits of the 'Tatume' squash are round or oblate in shape.
- Start seed indoors in peat pots filled with seed starting mix.
- Sow seed ½ to 1 inch (13mm-2.5 cm) deep.
- Seeds germinate in 7 to 10 days at 85°F (29°C) or warmer.
- Transplant summer squash into the garden after the soil has warmed to at least 70°F (21°C).
- Space plants in the garden 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in all directions.
- Thin successful plants to 36 inches (90 cm) apart.
- Water to keep the soil from drying.
- Fertilize with fish emulsion or a soluble complete fertilizer at half strength.
- Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of transplanting.
- Summer squash prefers a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.8.
- Grow summer squash in full sun for best yield.
- Avoid planting summer squash where cucumbers or melons have grown recently.
- Common summer squash pest enemies include aphids, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers, slugs, and snails.
- Common diseases include bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, downy mildew, powdery mildew, cucumber mosaic.