Spaghetti squash is extremely delicious and very popular around the world. It originates from Mexico, Central America, and China. It is popular not only because it is tasty and delicious, but also because it is healthy and full of nutrients. Growing spaghetti squash is becoming more common among gardeners because it is an easy to grow plant. However, knowing when to pick spaghetti squash is challenging. Therefore, in this article, we will provide you with accurate ways to know when to pick spaghetti squash.
1. Wait from two to four months after planting
Spaghetti squash usually takes 60 to 110 days to fully ripe. When the rinds become and have a full color, it means that your plant is ready for reaping. You should pick mature spaghetti. Their size usually reaches 10 inches in height and 5 inches in diameter. Their average weight is two pounds. When you spot a spaghetti squash that meets these conditions, you can pick it.
2. Check the color
This is the easiest way to know when to pick spaghetti squash. When the color of your spaghetti squash turns to dark deep yellow, it means that the spaghetti squash is fully ripe and ready to be harvested. The vine should also change its color from green to creamy white, if it is not the case, you should wait more.
3. Check firmness
Mature fully ripe spaghetti squashes are usually, firm and hard to the touch. You could check how hard the spaghetti squash by using your fingernail. Prod your squash with your fingernail to see how hard the rind is. If the rind is hard then you can pick your squash, if you feel that your fingernail can puncture the rind, then you should give your squash more time to ripe properly.
4. Check the skin
Checking the skin of your squashes is also an excellent way to determine how ripe they are. The surface of the squash should be clean off any bruises or black spot. If these two are present, this means that your squash is over-ripe.
You should avoid leaving your squashes to over-ripe. The best way to ensure that you harvest them at the right time is to check how ripe they are as soon as you notice a change in the color of the skin. This way, you will ensure that you will harvest delicious well ripe spaghetti squash.
5. Harvesting spaghetti squash
Harvesting your spaghetti squashes on a sunny day will allow you to preserve them for months. If you are planning to consume them in a few weeks, you should store them in the fridge. Otherwise, store them in boxes.
These techniques show you when to pick spaghetti squashes. Follow them and you will be able to harvest delicious squashes at the right time.
Enjoy eating your tasty spaghetti squashes