How To Grow Malaysian Squash
- Start indoors – sow two seeds per container, 1cm deep.
- After eight days of sowing, thin to one plant.
- Seedlings are ready for transplant after ten days of sowing. Soil beds should be 100cm wide.
- Plant Malaysian squashes in rows, leaving 90cm between each plant.
- Add fertilizer near root tips 2.5cm deep. Malaysian squash should be fertilised every 10 days after sowing.
- Malaysian squash would be ready to harvest 70 to 80 days, depending on the variety.
About Malaysian Squash
Squash comes in many different flavours and textures, and that’s why we love them so much. Growing squash in your vegetable garden is a terrific idea, as just a few plants will produce enough squash for your family, and you’ll have plenty to share with your neighbours.
There are hundreds of different kinds, usually divided into summer and winter squash. The main difference is that summer squash varieties don’t store for long, while winter squash has a hard rind, which allows it to keep for months.
Summer squash is large and bushy. Please note that these types of plants don’t spread as the vine-types do. Winter squash are vine plants and spread throughout your vegetable garden. They’re usually categorized according to fruit size, and there many sizes, shapes and colours available.
These plants require full sun, fertile soil and enough moisture. We recommend the use of well-composted material mixed into the ground.
Malaysian squash grows best in zones of full sun, with fertile, well-drained soil containing organic matter. You can add organic matter by incorporating compost into the ground.
Please note that squash can be sown directly into the garden or started indoors. Squash is commonly planted on hills about 2.5cm deep.
Commonly, only 4-5 seeds per hill are enough, thinning down to 2 or 3 plants per hill once the seedlings have grown their leaves.
Hills and rows should be approximately 100cm apart. We recommend planting the squash in rows 90cm apart from each other.
Keep in mind that squash can be started indoors up to 4 weeks before the planting date. You can start seeds in pots, placing 2 seeds per pot and then thin to 1 plant at 8 days after sowing.
The squash seedlings mustn’t suffer root damage during transplanting. Seedlings are ready to transplant 10 days after sowing.
We recommend reducing water to more sun 2-3 days before transplanting late in the afternoon. Make sure to water early in the morning and late evening.
Types of Malaysian Squash
Malaysia’s squash comes in many shapes and colours. The different varieties of Malaysian squash can be substituted for each other in your squash recipes. Malaysia’s squash is nutritious since it is full of antioxidants and vitamins. The most common types of Malaysian squash are:
Pumpkins come in hundreds of varieties, differing in size, colour, taste and texture. As with other types of squash, the seeds need to be planted in a full-sun area. We recommend soaking seeds in lukewarm water for 8 hours for better germination.
Don’t forget to mulch around plants or the whole soil bed to protect shallow roots, discourage weeds and retain moisture. An excellent idea is to mulch 100cm, leaving 3 meters of crawling area.
Please allow the pumpkin to mature fully on the vine, and refer to the crop guide for different varieties.
Pumpkins are ready to harvest in about 70-80 days, depending on the variety. We recommend you use scissors to gather and always do it in the morning or late afternoon. It’s best to place the harvest in a cool, ventilated area.
Winter squash have creamy, orange flesh with pale cream to darkest green outer skins. They require a lot of space and nutrients. The seeds can be sown directly outdoors, but if you prefer, you can start indoors too.
Sow two seeds in a pot, 1cm deep. Be careful not to overwater when sowing as wet, airless compost can cause the seed to rot. Allow the compost to dry a little before watering.
For harvesting, use a clean, sharp pair of scissors and cut the stem. Avoid wounding it as it can result in infection.
Winter squash have a long shelf life, so they store very well.