Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Striata d Italia Squash
4 g about 32 seeds
We plant these squash just after the last spring freeze and continue to harvest until they freeze in the fall. They are that prolific, true they don't like the cool spring air, but they will grow because they were originally from the cool Mediterranean climate of Italy. These are always the first squash to produce in our gardens. Most people pick them a bit smaller (6"-8") and treat them as zucchini, but they will grow much larger (over a 1').
We start them indoors and when they get three leaves we transplant them into the gardens. Since we put them in so early we sometimes have to protect them from late frosts. We get a jump on things this way. Be sure to leave about 3-4' between each seedling because they do get big. If you want more squash, them keep them picked at a smaller size 5-6".
The giant blossoms are great for those who like to batter dip them to fry. We use this squash mostly fresh in salads when it is young or later in stiff fry. Our Italian friends here shred them with a cheese grater, ball them, bater dip them, fry them in olive oil and dip them in a red tomato sauce for some fine eating.You can also bake them or do just about anything with them. You better get creative because these are some of the most prolific producers I've seen.
We have stored Striata d'Italia in root storage for up to 5 months!!!