Cucurbita pepo

Perfect for large containers and small spaces.


This compact delicata variety is a product of Cornell University's breeding program, a breeding project lead by Molly Jahn. Bush Delicata 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.


Art Pack, 30 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

Squash | Cornell's Bush Delicata | Open Pollinated Heirloom Seeds

  • 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


    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.

  • Artwork by Sarah Paolucci: About the Artist: I live in Brooklyn and work with the creative team at Tinybop during the day and draw pictures and stories at night. Once I studied literature and film at Haverford college and earned an M.F.A in at the Illustration Practice Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore. I also lived out of my van for a year. These were all great experiences and help me make art and create stories. I've contributed to books about illustration, have shown art internationally and throughout the United States, have published with folks like The New York Times, and have won awards in fancy places. About the Art: The yellow tipped brush in this oil painting by Sarah Paolucci simultaneously paints and pollinates, suggesting that the process of hand-pollinating to create new varieties is in itself an art form: a classical process that requires a creative hand.


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