Planting 3 summer squash seeds per hole?

greenacresgirlSeptember 28, 2008

I saw a gardening show a while ago where they advised that you should plant 3 seeds together and NOT thin them. Instead you should let the, grow into one stronger plant.

Anyone have an opinion on this? Would it apply to cukes as well?

Thanks

Michelle

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Far as I know that has been the standard recommendation for as long as I can remember for vining varieties - it's on most seed packets - and works for all members of that family as well as for melons. But the exception is if they are bush varieties or vining varieties.

Dave

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 11:11AM
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granite(z6 NC)

I've always planted squash 3-4 seeds to a hill with the hills 3-4 feet apart. The plants grow in separate directions down the hill. Its easy to harvest from this plan in the beginning, it gets more difficult as the plants get larger and I do trim select leaves or vines to be able to maintain a walk area. I plant my cukes single seeds 6" apart and grow them up a fence.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 11:50AM
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alicate(SW Michigan, zone 5)

You mean you DON'T thin the three into one? Maybe that's why my melons and cucs are so pitiful! Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 9:51PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

You mean you DON'T thin the three into one?

Not if they are vining types. If bush types then yes, you may need to thin to 1 per hill because of the way the bush varieties grow.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 10:03PM
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ccecilm(6)

I have always planted and grown 3 per hill with my bush type also. Never had a problem (other than space during peak growing season) and have always had plenty of squash. As mentioned above, I also do some selective pruning so I can walk around easily.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2008 at 3:59AM
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cyumickey(Sunset 18)

I wouldn't advise it for bush types. It's difficult to get in the plant to pick once they get huge.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2008 at 6:24PM
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rdback(Z6 VA)

Hi Michelle

You said: "...you should plant 3 seeds together and NOT thin them. Instead you should let the, grow into one stronger plant."

You really didn't mean three seeds in one HOLE did you LOL? It kinda sounds like it. I don't think if you plant three seeds in one hole they'll form ONE stronger plant. As everybody else has said, two or three seeds per hill (with spacing between each seed) is the general recommendation.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 1:47PM
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