Musquee du Maroc

Rare Heirloom Squash / Pumpkin

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Musquee du Maroc sitting in a field

Musquee du Maroc is a rare variety of Squash that looks like a pumpkin with green warts.

Actually Pumpkin is in the Squash family - so it only makes sense. Musquee du Maroc ripens to assorted shades of green and brown. They are rounded and at times a tad elongated. Musquee du Maroc weighs in at 5 to 13 lbs.

Days to maturity: 100 - 130 days

Growth Habit - Strong vining

Full Sun

Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.5

Mulch is advisable in cool climates for heat retention and in warm climates for moisture retention

Seeds an be sown directly in the soil in warmer climates. It is best to start them off early in planters north of the Mason Dixon line. In either event don't place either seedlings or sow seed outdoors until the threat of frost is gone.

These are Vining plants, sow seeds an inch deep with 4 to 5 seeds per hill and 5 to 6 feet between hills, Rows should be 10 to 12 feet apart. Once the plants are well-established on occasion if they are bearing heavily you may want to thin them out to the best plants per hill.

Once the vines are roughly 5 feet long and 3 - 4 good fruits have set pinch off the growing tip and remove all new flowers to direct the plant's energy into ripening the existing crop.

Musquee du Maroc requires a bit more water than the average garden vegetable. They are also heavy feeders that absorb nutrients from the soil by absorbing the moisture / water in it. So water generously, as always I didn't say drown them out - just water well. They should be kept evenly moist and watered deeply during dry spells.

To prevent mildew, direct water stream at the plants base, avoid watering the foliage as much as possible. Proper watering, watering the root, will minimize the occurrence of opportunistic fungal infestations.

Musquee du Maroc has high levels of beta carotene, potassium and vitamin A and can be prepared in the same fashion as any other squash variety.