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Subject:  Establish the Green

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Willamette Valley, Oregon

Baby squash fruit need some light to stay green. The green pigment is chlorophyll. So be sure you're not blacking them out this time of year. Shade them as needed on hot days and during the heat of the day, but I feel that some morning and evening sun, and filtered sun during the day is beneficial at this stage for greenness later on.

6/23/2020 1:06:31 PM


Syracuse, NY

good to know - if i had gotten a squash to sprout this year, i'd have experimented and totally shaded one fruit to see the diff between it and and an openly-sunned fruit, just for fun - or, put a logo or the seed's info the fruit, like they do to scar-emblaze them for a store or maybe a big achievement; in any event, 'sunburn' it---eg

6/23/2020 1:53:10 PM

Jay Yohe

Pittsburgh, PA

I have mine covered with a white t shirt. I guess I should remove it.

6/23/2020 11:47:21 PM


Syracuse, NY

i've long been in wonder what it is about white sheets and such, no, not pointing at anyone, PLEASE, concerning that a white fabric is not gonna do anything anyway. it is manly because of availabilty (who has mainly black sheets primarily?) if you were in the desert and had only ONE item to cover yourself with, would anyone prefer a white piece of cloth or a black piece of cloth. ANY thing sensitive to the sun, even our skin would say 'BLACK, please!'; this comes up every year about shading fruit. consider how Joel Holland does it and go from there. again, it is only because it was mentioned, by anyone, that i mentioned the fabric and color issue---eg

6/24/2020 1:43:32 PM

G. Kins

Catinthehat, WA

EG-- Don't you find wearing black in the sun to be uncomfortable?

I think this is good advice for achieving the best orange color also. Indirect light is ideal... Or maybe direct sun light is ok if it's not too hot. I've found they get more army green/ brown-green when the sun is excessive. So we are supposed to be going for emerald green? Mostly just want to get something to the scale... I will be happy with whatever.

6/24/2020 7:52:33 PM

G. Kins

Catinthehat, WA

Thanks for posting bathabitat good to have you here!

6/24/2020 7:54:19 PM

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