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How to Grow Patty Pan Squash 

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. 

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash

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)

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash

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When to plant patty pan squash

If you live in the low desert of Arizona, plant patty pan squash after the last frost (usually mid-February) through March and again from mid-August through September

How to Grow 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. 

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash

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. 

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash

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. 

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash

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. 

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash

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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.

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash

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. 


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