Learn how to grow patty pan squash, from Sunburst to Gelber Englisher Custard varieties. It’s easy to care for and delicious! Patty pan squash was a surprise family favorite. Its round, saucer-like shape and delicate flavor make it perfect for grilling, roasting, or stuffing. The compact size and quick growth make this summer squash an easy addition to your planting list.
Try different varieties of patty pan squash
There are many varieties of patty pan squash to choose from. Popular types include:
Sunburst: Yellow with scalloped edges; tender and nutty tasting. (55 days to harvest)
Peter Pan: Green with scalloped edges; All-America Selections winner. (50 days to harvest)
Gelber Englisher Custard: Lemon-yellow fruit with excellent flavor. (60 days to harvest)
Looking for more summer squash varieties? This post lists more of my favorites.
When to plant patty pan squash
If you live in other areas, make sure the soil is at least 60°F (15.5°C) before planting and all danger of frost is passed.
How to plant
Amend soil with compost before planting. Large pattypan seeds are easy to direct sow in the garden. Plant seeds 1 inch (2.5cm) deep in well-draining soil, with 18-24 inches (45-60cm) spacing between seeds.
Patty pan squash also grows well in containers on a patio or balcony. Choose a container at least 18 inches (45 cm) wide and deep, and use well-draining soil.
Plant seeds in a sunny spot with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal. Provide shade once daytime temperatures are above 90°F (32°C).
Caring for patty pan squash
Patty pan squash plants need consistent watering for proper growth and fruit production. Water deeply and mulch well.
The most common pest or disease problems with patty pan squash include squash bugs and powdery mildew. Monitor plants and check the undersides of leaves daily for squash bugs and their eggs. If powdery mildew is present, remove infected leaves.
Learn more about how to grow summer squash in this blog post.
Harvesting and using patty pan squash:
The best time to harvest patty pan squash is when they are small, tender, and firm, about 2-4 inches (5-10cm) in diameter. Store harvested fruits in the refrigerator for up to a week.
When harvested young, there is no need to peel. If allowed to grow, the skin gets tough, and the seeds are large.
Grill or roast small patty pan squash and use it like other summer squash varieties. Larger fruits are better for stuffing. Scoop out the seeds before filling.