Dostal Cucumber Squash
Donated to Seed Savers Exchange by Arthur Dostal. A variety grown by his parents, Lewis and Mary Dostal of Tama Co., Iowa, who reportedly received it from family friends. Begins as cream-white and green, maturing to dark green. Sweet flavor with buttery smooth texture when grown as a winter squash, but also delicious as a summer squash.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed. Hills should be spaced 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Yummy and versatile
The best versatile squash! We love it cubed and roasted. Better than sweet potato fries. Excellent in frittatas. Stores well. Turns orange in storage. I’m planting a larger crop this year. My husband who hates all squash is amazed he loves it.
Easy and delicious
Easy to grow, productive, and tasty. Outperformed both zucchini and Delicata in our zone 6b garden. Does spread like crazy, so give it space. Like Delicata, doesn’t require peeling. Will plant again.
my new favorite squash
by Willard H Waples
I wrap mature fruits in foil and bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes. I let cool then slice lengthwise, remove seeds. Add butter and warm in microwave, then add a little maple syrup. No doubt my new favorite squash that can be grown on a fence.
Not for me
by C. Malm
I decided to give these a try because they were developed locally and theoretically dual-purpose. But when I harvested some as summer squash, I found that the flavor was quite bland. Most of the ones that I could have tried as winter squash have already rotted on the vine. Not growing these again.