Lofthouse Landrace Moschata Squash
Origin: Paradise, Utah
Improvement status: Landrace
Seeds per packet: ~18
Germination tested 12/2020: 95%
If you're love butternut squash and their relatives, here's the squash for you. Another exciting landrace population from Joseph Lofthouse in Paradise, Utah. This is the squash featured in Carol Deppe's book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. Expect a range of squash including ones that look like classic butternuts, green fruit that look more like cushaw squash, and everything in between. Most fruit are medium sized, ranging from about 5 to 15 pounds. Flesh color ranges from yellow to orange. Joseph has selected for oranger and drier flesh each year, and against super-sweetness. They are selected for good keeping qualities. Some of the ancestors of this seed came out of the erstwhile Long Island Seed Project, with lots of genetic diversity. Other ancestors are modern hybrids and old-time favorite heirlooms. Joseph’s seed saving protocol specifies that 10% of the saved seeds are from pumpkin types and the rest are from butternuts or necked squash. The most intensive selection they've undergone with Joseph's stewardship is for a short season — which is a very helpful trait for the Cucurbita moschata breeders out there (some of our favorite squash just barely produce even in our Zone 7 farm in South Jersey). About 85 to 95 days to maturity. Plant after danger of frost has passed.
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed or transplant in healthy plant starts probably in mid to late May. Plants could be 4-5 feet apart.