Is my Kabocha squash ready for harvest? I see "orange" but the stem...

Asked October 6, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

Is my Kabocha squash ready for harvest? I see "orange" but the stem is still green. I'm so unsure. This is my first year growing winter squash! Thank you for your advice!

Baltimore County Maryland vegetables winter squash harvesting

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The squash is very close for harvesting,with green leaves evident and growing, leave it on the vine, this will help enhance the flavor.The extended weather forecast calls for the temperature to moderate, this will help the fruit reach maturity.See the attached profile on winter squash. http://extension.umd.edu/learn/vegetable-profiles-winter-squash


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So what are the harvest parameters exactly? Do I wait until the leaves die/brown? Is this the rule for all winter squash?

The outer rind will not puncture when you try to dent it with your thumb nail. Another indication will be the stem color changing from green to brown.


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