How to Germinate Squash Seeds


Both winter and summer squash are easy to grow garden vegetables that offer a wide range of culinary choices. Winter squash has a thicker skin with longer storing ability. Summer squash requires only 45 to 50 days for maturity but winter squash requires 70 to 110 days. Plant both types of squash seeds at the same time but take into account the maturity time span for each. Both types of squash require planting in the springtime after all danger of frost has passed unless you are planting in the south where winter planting is often successful.

Step 1

Choose a sunny location to plant squash seeds.Till the soil to a depth of 10 to 12 inches. Work a general purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer into the soil at a rate of 2 lbs. per 100 square feet of garden space.

Step 2

Mound the soil into small mounds approximately 8 to 12 inches high. Space the mounds 24 to 36 inches apart.

Step 3

Place two to three seeds into each mound. Press the seeds 1 inch into the soil.

Step 4

Water the squash seeds thoroughly. The soil should be moist to the touch but not water-logged. Keep the seeds moist until germination occurs. Squash plants enjoy moist soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • General purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Shovel


  • Iowa State University: Growing Squash in the Home Garden
  • The Gardener's Network: How To Grow Squash
  • University of Illinios Extension: Summer Squash
  • The Ohio State University: Growing Cucumbers, Peppers, Squash and Tomatoes In Containers

Who Can Help

  • Harvest to Table: Squash Growing Problems: Troubleshooting
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Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.