The Q&A Archives: Planting Tips for Squash

Question: I recieved a mother squash plant as a gift...when do I transplant it and does it require shade, partial shade or full sunlight? Any other tips would be appreciated. Also any tips on growing grapes would be appreciated. Mrs. Moore Baltimore, MD

Answer: I'm not sure what you mean by "mother squash plant"; I am going to assume it is some variety of squash--butternut, zucchini or the like. Squash are heat-loving plants, so you should wait a week or so past the last frost date for your area before planting in the garden. Squash are usually planted in "hills"--simply mounds of soil. Some varieties will grow quite large, with long, trailing vines; others are "bush" varieties which remain relatively small. Plant in full sun, and water well at transplanting time. Keep well-watered throughout the growing season, especially when the plant is producing fruit. (Mulching the plant will help conserve moisture.) There is a lot of information available about growing grapes. If you can be more specific I might be better able to help you. In general, grapes like a sunny spot with well-drained soil. It is important to choose the variety carefully, as not all varieties are adapted to all climates. You need to provide some kind of support for the vines, andbe diligent about pest control. Your local Extension agent is a good source of information about local growing conditions; their number is 410/313-2707.

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