Organic Arikara Squash Organic Arikara Squash

Organic Arikara Squash


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organic squash seedsCucurbita maxima

Organic Arikara Squash (70-110 days)

 4 grams

Seed package contains 10 heirloom seeds


This squash was grown by the Arikara Indian tribe who historically occupied the region along the Missouri River in western North Dakota.  They were known to the Sioux as "corn planters" and were well known to all for planting pumpkins, beans, corn and squash.

Arikara winter squash was introduced in the 1920 Oscar Will Seed Catalog … this variety came to famed seedsman Oscar Will via Melvin Gilmore who obtained seed from the Arikara at Ft. Berthold.

Gilmore, an ethnobotanist and historian is perhaps best known for his interview and transcription that resulted in a book we know as Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden today.

Gilmore and George Will were friends and colleagues … often reading drafts of one another’s ethnographic works prior to publication.

Arikara winter squash was followed in 1922 by Arikara watermelon, which had the same provenance.


Arikara squash is an extremely heavy producer of pink-salmon colored hubbard shaped fruits.

Squash sizes range from a few pounds to 27#s depending on soil nutrient levels.

Produces well under stress.  We have dry farmed these squash with great success.  We got an average of 600# of fruit per plant with ZERO irrigation in our coastal conditions. 

Needs lots of space to grow. Vines can reach an excess of 12'

Arikara is an excellent keeper.  We have had some keep for over a year stored at a constant 55 F

Excellent roasted and eaten like sweep potatoes or made into a rich, cream soup. 

Talk about a homestead type food.  It grows well in extreme conditions, produces heavy and stores for up to a year!   What more could you ask for!

We are the only seed company grow and sell these incredibly rare seeds.

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1" 90-110 70-85 3-10 48" 24-36" 100 lb. Full

Planting Tips For Heirloom Winter Squash Seeds:

Heirloom winter squash don't mind the heat as much as their name implies.  Only plant once the soil temperature warms to at least 70 degrees and keep in mind that most heirloom varieties of winter squash take 110 days to mature.  So be sure to leave enough time to allow them to fully develop. 

Plant 3-6 heirloom squash seeds per hill.  Once they have shown true leaves and grown in size, you should thin out to the 3 strongest plants.  Remember, harvest these winter squash continually in order to keep the plant producing.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Winter Squash:

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


Organic Winter Squash

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