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Honey Boat Delicata Squash

Cucurbita pepo 'Honey Boat'

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Honey Boat Delicata Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Honey Boat') at Roger's Gardens

Honey Boat Delicata Squash fruit

Honey Boat Delicata Squash fruit

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Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Group/Class:  Winter Squash


Sweet like honey, this low maintenance and easy to grow variety is perfect for full sun gardens; produces small oblong, coppery-tan skin with dark green stripe fruit; sweet flavor, great roasted or stuffed, and in soups; blossoms are edible

Edible Qualities

Honey Boat Delicata Squash is an annual vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces tan oblong fruit with dark green stripes and gold flesh which are typically harvested when mature. The fruits have a sweet taste and a fleshy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Freezing

Planting & Growing

Honey Boat Delicata Squash will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety.; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Honey Boat Delicata Squash is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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