Will later planting of squash avoid squash bugs and SVB?


#1

Question in title.

I have a very fast maturing variety of zucchini I want to plant, so I could even plant twice if I had to.

I am mainly asking about pumpkins. My kids really want to grow pumpkins for Halloween. With the maturity date on the package, I could plant as late as July 1 and still get pumpkins by Halloween.

Yet, I’m trying to time it so that I’m avoiding the onslaught of SVB and squash bug.

Do later plantings fare better?


#2

You can plant as late as mid June for fall harvest pumpkins. I don’t know about your climate, but late planting is somewhat effective here in North Alabama.


#3

I hesitate to grow cucurbits because my plants always get hammered by squash bugs. But last year I planted very late, and the bugs did show up, but never really increased their numbers so the plants grew well. So maybe planting late will help.


#4

In my part of Texas, my family would grow pumpkins and plant on July 1st. They grew well, but usually had more problems with powdery mildew towards the end than squash bugs.