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Sunshine Squash (C. maxima)

Sunshine Squash

Sunshine Squash

Sunshine Squash

Sunshine Squash

Bake it, mash it, make it into pie—the Sunshine squash (a variety of Kabocha winter squash) is creamy, sweet, smooth, and stringless. This All-America Selections (AAS) winner has a reputation for being the best winter squash of all the varieties available. It’s a relatively compact plant (as squashes go) and should produce a healthy yield of bright red-orange fruits weighing in from 3 to 4 pounds.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 6.8

Hardiness Zones

  • 2 to 9


  • 6 to 8 feet


  • at least 1 inch per week


  • sweet, nutty flesh
  • ready to eat right at harvest
  • 95 days to maturity

Have you ever tried growing Sunshine squash? Are there any challenges you face growing them? Please tell us your best tips for growing Sunshine squash.


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