Cornell's Bush Delicata Seedlings

Certified Organic

Cucurbita pepo

Perfect for large containers and small spaces.

This unique squash is the product of a Cornell University breeding project lead by Molly Jahn and George Moriarty. Although the breeding of this variety was focused on agronomically important traits such as bush habit and powdery mildew resistance, Jahn talks about the breeding process as an art form. Thanks to Molly's successor at Cornell, Michael Mazourek, we’re returning this variety to its roots by propagating seeds from the original breeding project, continuing to select for prolific production and healthy plants.

This compact variety has all the perks of a great delicata: the first winter squash to ripen; sweet, firm flesh; and great flavor. Unlike other varieties, though, this one is compact enough to grow in a large container or smaller garden space. Plus, Molly bred Powdery Mildew Resistance into this variety too! Expect anywhere from 2-5 ripe fruits from each plant.


This item has sold out for pre-order. In-person shopping of seedlings is available at 11 Airport Road, Accord, NY, 12404, beginning August 5th, 2024.
Single seedling in 4" pot $4.69 Sold out for 2024 preorders.

To start indoors, sow one seed per cell. Transplant when seedlings have one healthy set of true leaves. Or, direct sow in clumps of 2-3 seeds, thinning to the strongest seedling. Harvest fruits when they have obtained full deep yellow color. Bush habit, suitable for smaller spaces or a large container.

Days to Germination 3-14 days
Days to Maturity 80 days
Planting Depth 1 inch
Spacing in Row 36 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Height at Maturity 32 inches
Width at Maturity 36 inches

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