Costata Romanesco Squash

$ 4.00 

Costata Romanesco Squash
Curcurbita Pepo

days to maturity: 50 days
plant spacing: 2 square feet
sunlight requirements: 10-14 hours
look out for: powdery mildew & worms
harvest notes: harvest male flowers to eat and fruit at 6-8”

Costata Romanesco is a sought after Italian heirloom grown around Rome for years, prized for its rich nutty flavor. Male blossoms can be eaten and fruits can be harvested young or left on the vine to mature. If powdery mildew is found on your plant and caught early it can be battled with a diluted milk spray, which changes the pH of the leafs surface making it inhospitable to the powdery mildew. If you’re going to grow summer squash in the home garden make sure it has enough light (10 hours) and enough space (at least 2 square feet per plant) because people tend to underestimate its spatial and light needs.

Costata is the striped variety in the photo. The yellow crookneck is Zephyr, and the lighter green speckled zucchini is Magda.