Squash ‘Crookneck’ (Cucurbita moschata)

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Plant Details

Category: Vegetable
Light: Full Sun
Bloom Season: Summer
Height: 18-24" / 
Space: 3-4' / 
Zones: 8, 9, 10, 11
Lowest Temp: 10° to 20°F / 
-12° to -7°C
Colors: Yellow
Days to Maturity: 53
Fruit Size: 6-8" /  

Basic Care

Plant in a reliably sunny spot. Best in organic-rich, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather. Fertilize regularly. Fruit is most flavorful when immature and soft-skinned.


Keep well-watered.


Organic-rich, well-drained soil.


Use a fertilizer formulated for vegetables.

Fast Growth

Sun Loving





These easy-to-grow plants continue to produce abundantly if kept picked. Harvest when the lemon-yellow skinned fruit is tender and about six inches long. The squash blossom is also edible just be sure to leave some to have squash to harvest later in the season. Crookneck Squash is a summer squash with a curved neck, as the name implies, that is as easy to prepare as it is to grow. Grill on the barbeque with other summer garden favorites or add to a casserole or soup. Summer squash is softer and intended for immediate use as compared to Winter squash which can be stored for months at a time.


Tastes great served raw with dips or fresh in salads. Delicious when steamed or stir-fried. Wonderful when wrapped in foil and roasted on the grill. Wash fruits, vegetables and herbs thoroughly before eating.

Squash ‘Crookneck’ (Cucurbita moschata) Care Guide

Select a sunny site, away from trees and close to a water source if possible.

Prepare the garden by breaking up the existing soil (use a hoe, spade, or power tiller) to a depth of 12-16” (30-40cm). Add organic matter such as manure, peat moss or garden compost until the soil is loose and easy to work. Organic ingredients improve drainage, add nutrients, and encourage earthworms and other organisms that help keep soil healthy. Give plants an extra boost by adding a granulated fertilizer formulated for vegetables or and all-purpose feed (such as a fertilizer labeled 5-10-5).

Remove the plant from the container. If plants are in a pack, gently squeeze the outside of the individual plant cell while tipping container to the side. If plant doesn’t loosen, continue pressing on the outside of the container while gently grasping the base of the plant and tugging carefully so as not to crush or break the stem until the plant is released. If the plant is in a pot, brace the base of the plant, tip it sideways and tap the outside of the pot to loosen. Rotate the container and continue to tap, loosening the soil until the plant pulls smoothly from the pot.

Dig the hole up to two times larger than the root ball and deep enough that the plant will be at the same level in the ground as the soil level in the container. Grasping the plant at the top of the root ball, use your finger to lightly rake apart the lower roots apart. This is especially important if the roots are dense and have filled up the container. Set the plant in the hole.

Check the plant label for suggested spacing and the mature height of the plant. Position plants so that taller plants are in the center or background of the garden and shorter plants in the foreground.

Plan ahead for plants that get tall and require staking or support cages. It’s best to install cages early in the spring, at planting time, before the foliage gets bushy. Vining vegetables can occupy a lot of space, so provide a trellis, fence, or other structure that allows the plant to grow vertically to maximize garden space.

Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone – an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. A soaker hose is a great investment for keeping plants healthy and reducing water lost through evaporation. Hand watering using a watering wand with a sprinkler head attached is also a good way to control watering. If the garden area is large, and a sprinkler is necessary, try to water in the morning so that plant foliage has time to dry through the day. Moist foliage encourages disease and mold that can weaken or damage plants.

There are several reasons to prune vegetable plants: to help contain a plant’s size, to promote bushy compact growth, to remove dead or diseased stems, and to promote larger, healthier fruit yields.

Flower buds can be pinched off to force the plant energy into fewer fruits that develop faster.

A well prepared planting bed enriched with organic matter such as compost or manure and a mild general-purpose, granulated fertilizer gets plants off to a good start. Give plants a boost later in the season with a fertilizer formulated for vegetables.

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed.

Be sure to keep the garden well-weeded. Weeds take vital moisture and nutrients away from the vegetable plants.

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