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Can I harvest and plant seeds for this growing season now?
I purchased a spaghetti squash and would like to plant the seeds this season. Is it possible for me to do this? How do I dry them, etc. and can I just plant them or do I need to refridg. or freeze them first. How soon can I plant them and is it best to germinate them inside with wet paper towels first? Please give as much info as possible as this is the first time I am trying this. Also, can I use your answer for other vegetables for this season. It is May 14th in Penna.
Hi, You should be able to harvest the seeds from the squash, let them dry on a piece of paper towel and plant them directly in the soil. Keep in mind, this SHOULD work, but if the squash was harvested too early then those seeds may not be mature enough to germinate. Also, you don't know where the original squash was grown so you won't be sure if the seed will develop into the correct plants. For example, if that squash was grown near other squash or pumpkins it's possible the seeds may not be pure spaghetti squash because the parent may have cross-pollinated. Most likely, they'll be fine, but since you don't know the history of the squash you purchased you could get something else to develop. So, if you are short on space, I recommend buying a pack of seed at your garden center and working with it because it will be guaranteed to develop into what you want. With a store-bought squash, you don't know its family background. Now is the perfect time to sow melons and squash outdoors in your area.