2003 AAS Vegetable Award Winner:
Squash 'Papaya Pear' F1
National Winner
2003 AAS Vegetable Award Winner:
Squash 'Papaya Pear' F1
National Winner

Squash 'Papaya Pear' F1
2003 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

The first summer squash with a shape similar to a tropical papaya fruit. The bright yellow squash looks like a light bulb with the widest section near the blossom end. One of the earliest varieties, 'Papaya Pear' fruit can be harvested in about 40 days from sowing seed. The semi-bush plant requires less garden space. For plants that yield squash continuously, pick 'Papaya Pear' at a young stage when about 3 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. Easy to grow in any garden with full sun. 

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Vegetable Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Squash
Variety Name: 'Papaya Pear' F1
Genus: Cucurbita
Species: pepo
Year: 2003
Common Name: Summer Squash
Type: Vegetables
Breeder: Seminis Vegetable Seeds
Close Market Comparison: 'Multipik,' 'Ghada, 'Sunburst'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm Season
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Green
Plant Habit: Bushy, Upright
Plant Height: Tall: Over 24"
Garden Spacing: 4 feet
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 40 days
Fruit Color (Harvest): bright yellow
Fruit Shape: pear shape
Fruit Size: 3.5 inches long, 2.5 inches wide
Fruit Weight: 6 ounces
Fruit Flavor Description: very good taste
Plant Spread: 4 feet

How to Grow

 Direct seed into soil in the spring when night temperatures are above 65F, thin plants to 3 feet apart. 

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