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golden nugget seeds

You can proceed according to our Sowing Instructions No. 15 or 16. Ideal germination temperature: 22°C (72°F). After germination, the seedlings must be kept cool (+5 to 10°C)(41 to 50°F) in the months with less daylight hours, but must not be exposed to frost. At this time, it is of great benefit if the seedlings can receive at least 8 – 12 hours of light per day. This requires additional lighting in the winter months.
Uncontrolled high temperatures during the summer months can have a deleterious effect on successful germination. Some species germinate very fast without a cold treatment but need to be sown ­immediately after harvest. For example ­Primula rosea and Pulsatilla vulgaris.

Golden nugget seeds

Makes it possible for cold germinators to germinate uniformly within 2 – 4 weeks without cold treatment.

  • You can find the whole JELITTO GOLD NUGGET SEED ® assortment with many precise plant and growing descriptions on the page Products / GOLD NUGGET SEED ®

Please order Gold Nugget Seed® in number of seeds only. There are no 1000 seed units prepacked! Each order is weighed individually. You are welcome to order any amount, ie. 700 seeds or 15 200 seeds. Please bear in mind our minimum quantity per item. Minimum charge per item 2 € net, price will be rounded up accordingly.

The price per 1000 seed is a fixed price for this number of seeds, while the quantity in weight may vary considerably between different seed lots. The number of seed per gram is counted for each seed lot individually. Seeds are measured according to weight and are not counted each time for every order. Therefore, the number of seed may vary and a ± difference of approx. 5% should be accepted with no compensation in any way due the technical circumstances.

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JELITTO GOLD NUGGET SEED ®

Malva moschata ‘Alba’
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This range – identified by G for GOLD NUGGET SEED® as the second letter in the item number – no longer needs a period of low ­temperature to break dormancy. Depending on the variety, the seeds will germinate evenly and promptly 14 to 21 days after sowing. (Untreated seed would need two to six months).

JELITTO GOLD NUGGET SEED® are also particularly suitable for sowing direct into cells so that subsequent pricking out can be dispensed with. They re­­quire only about half the amount of seed that would be required with untreated seed.

The minimum germination standard of GOLD NUGGET SEED® is >75%, respectively >88% under controlled conditions. Nevertheless, in order to obtain best possible results, we do recommend a multiplication factor of 2 or 3 when calculating seed requirements (3000 seeds for 1000 plants, 2-3 seeds per plant).

You can proceed according to our Sowing Instructions No. 15 or 16. Ideal germination temperature: 22°C (72°F). After germination, the seedlings must be kept cool (+5 to 10°C)(41 to 50°F) in the months with less daylight hours, but must not be exposed to frost. At this time, it is of great benefit if the seedlings can receive at least 8 – 12 hours of light per day. This requires additional lighting in the winter months.
Uncontrolled high temperatures during the summer months can have a deleterious effect on successful germination. Some species germinate very fast without a cold treatment but need to be sown ­immediately after harvest. For example ­Primula rosea and Pulsatilla vulgaris.

JELITTO GOLD NUGGET SEED® is typified with 2% golden ­coloured seeds.

Please note that JELITTO GOLD NUGGET SEED® ”pre-treated seed“ should not be stored and should be used as soon as possible after receipt. JELITTO GOLD NUGGET ­SEED® should be kept in a cool place until it is used.

Golden nugget seeds
Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. These big plants need lots of food. Use 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer worked into the soil beneath each plant. All squash grow male flowers first, at later female flowers. The female flowers have tiny fruits at the base of their petals and require pollination by bees mostly. Incomplete pollination often happens at the beginning of the season, and results in misshapen fruits that are withered at the flower end. Just discard these damaged fruits before they begin to rot.. You can encourage bees to your garden by growing Phacelia or Buckwheat for improved pollination.

Gold Nugget

Quick Facts:

    • Orange fruits weigh 500-700g (1-1.5lb)
    • Compact bush growth
    • Fruits set in a cluster of as many of 10 each
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 85 days

Gold Nugget

Description:

C. maxima. Gold Nugget is an amazing bush plant with all the squash fruits setting in a cluster at the base of the plant – as many as 10 on each! The fruits from Gold Nugget squash seeds are small, round, orange fruits weigh 500-700g (1 – 1.5lb) and have golden flesh that keeps well. Wait until the skin is no longer shiny to pick them. Plant this variety slightly closer together in your squash patch as this is a real space saver. But leave room to get in between plants because the small buttercup fruits really do cling to the base of each plant.

Matures in 85 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Orange fruits weigh 500-700g (1-1.5lb)
    • Compact bush growth
    • Fruits set in a cluster of as many of 10 each
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 85 days

How To Grow

The three species of squash that we offer represent a wide variety of shapes and colours. Each will cross-pollinate readily within their species. For instance, all C. pepo will cross-pollinate with each other, but not with C. maxima or C. moschata. For people who want to save their seeds, this is a very important consideration. The fruits themselves will not be affected by cross pollination, but the seeds inside will be, so squash need to be grown in isolation from other members of their species if seed saving is the goal. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Squash from seeds Guide and grow food.

Latin
Cucurbita maxima, C. pepo, & C. moschata
Family: Cucurbitaceae

Difficulty
Easy, but all squash plants take up space, and some can be huge.

We Recommend: Squashes are so different from one to another that it’s hard to make a recommendation. First Taste Kabocha (SQ732) stands out, in our opinion, among many other squash varieties. We love the flavour and the keeping potential, and the plants don’t get out of control. Gold Nugget (SQ744) also comes to mind, as it can be super-productive in a very small space – it’s fruits form at the base of a single vine, and we’ve seen as many as 10 fruits per plant, which is a very sweet return.

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Not winter hardy. Compare the days to maturity to the length of a typical summer in your area. Days to maturity are from transplant date.

Timing
Direct sow or transplant in late May or early June once the soil is warm. For transplants, start seeds indoors during the first two weeks of May. Make sure plants are in the ground no later than June 15th. Optimal soil temperature: 25-35°C (77-95°F). Seeds should germinate in 7-14 days.

Starting
Sow seeds 2cm (1″) deep. Sow 3 seeds in each spot where you want a plant to grow, and thin to the strongest plant. Space summer squash 45-60cm (18-24″) apart in rows 90-120cm (36-48″) apart. Give winter squash and pumpkins even more room with a minimum of 90-120cm (36-48″) apart in rows 120-180cm (48-72″) apart.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. These big plants need lots of food. Use 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer worked into the soil beneath each plant. All squash grow male flowers first, at later female flowers. The female flowers have tiny fruits at the base of their petals and require pollination by bees mostly. Incomplete pollination often happens at the beginning of the season, and results in misshapen fruits that are withered at the flower end. Just discard these damaged fruits before they begin to rot.. You can encourage bees to your garden by growing Phacelia or Buckwheat for improved pollination.

Harvest
Summer Squash: pick when small, if fruit gets big the plant stops producing. Check the plants regularly!

Winter Squash: Fruit is ripe if your thumbnail doesn’t mark the skin and the stem is dry and brown. Cut the stem about 4cm (2″) from the fruit. Squash survive a light frost, but store better if harvested before frost.

Storage: Field-cure for 10 days in the sun, or cure indoors in a warm room for 4 or 5 days. To prevent mould sponge the skins with a solution of 10 parts water to 1 part chlorine bleach. Store at 10-15ºC (50-60ºF) with low humidity with good air circulation. Try on a shelf in the garage.

Seed Info
In optimal conditions at least 80% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 2 years. Per 100′ row: 180 seeds, per acre: 15M seeds.

Diseases & Pests
Bacterial wilt (Erwinia tracheiphila) – Remove an destroy infested plants. If striped or spotted cucumber beetles appear, control as early as possible. Powdery mildew – avoid wetting foliage if possible. Water early in the day so that above ground parts of the plants dry as quickly as possible. Avoid crowding plants and eliminate weeds around plants and garden area to improve air circulation. Viral disease – remove and destroy entire infested plant along with immediately surrounding soil and soil clinging to roots.

Companion Planting
Companions: corn, lettuce, melons, peas, and radish. Avoid planting squash near Brassicas or potatoes. Borage is said to improve the growth and flavour of squash. Marigolds and nasturtium repel numerous squash pest insects.