Use this gardening guide to learn how to grow acorn squash from seed.
How to Grow Acorn Squash from Seed
Depending on what region you live in, it might make sense for you to start your seeds indoors for your gardening. It’s a good idea if you live in a cooler area with a shorter growing season because you can control many factors indoors such as humidity and warmth of the soil. Starting acorn squash seeds indoors is easy with these steps!
How to Grow Acorn Squash Seeds Indoors
Get your seed starting tray ready by placing seed starting soil mix into each section and watering it before placing your seeds in it. You will want it moist but not overly wet and saturated. Place a seed into each section with the pointy side down about and inch into the soil.
Make sure that your soil is staying warm enough and moist enough while seeds are germinating, which will take about 8-10 days. To create the ideal environment, you will want to cover your seeds and place them into a warm sunny spot. Check the moisture level each day by touching the soil. A spray bottle works very well to add some more moisture to these delicate seeds as they germinate. Keep the soil covered with plastic or a clear plastic lid.
After seeds have germinated, you may remove the cover and/or plastic wrap. Keep your seedlings in a warm, sunny spot for another couple of weeks to allow them to grow into healthy seedlings that will be ideal for transplanting outdoors.
How to Direct Sow Acorn Squash Seeds into Your Garden
Pick the perfect time to plant your seeds directly. You will want to do it about 2 weeks after the last frost danger for your growing region. Seeds germinate best when soil is warmer in the 70 degree range, too.
Prepare the soil with a gentle tilling and adding of compost or fertilizer and water it. Similar to growing potatoes, acorn squash likes little hills to grow in. Create these by building up soil a few inches above ground level. Plant a seed about 1 inch down into it and water.