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Smooth Criminal Hybrid Summer Squash

Spineless with Upright Growth Habit

This squash plant will steal your heart! It set fruits on a central stem, making harvest a breeze—no more looking under leaves. Plus, it has spineless, smooth stems—so it won 't irritate your arms while picking! Unlike other summer squash plants, Smooth Criminal has an upright, open habit and grows up to 36 inches tall. It bears very tender, pale yellow, straight-neck squash that are excellent quality and tasty grilled, sautéed and baked. For the best quality, pick fruits when they are 4-8 inches long. 55 DAYS.



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  • Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo 'Smooth Criminal'
  • Height: 48+ inches (indeterminate habit)
  • Spacing: 36 - 48 inches
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Spread: 36 inches
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Yield: Produces very high yields.
  • Foliage: Typical summer squash foliage, medium green.
  • Fruit: Yellow straightneck squash, slightly broader at the base than at the neck. Pale to medium yellow skin with creamy white flesh. Thin skin, tender texture. Best picked at 4-8 inches long.
  • Days To Maturity: 55 days from seed, 35 days from transplant
  • Zone: 3 - 9 (Annual)
  • Form: Upright, indeterminate
  • Soil Requirements: Light, well-fertilized soil.
  • Pruning: Leaves/stems at base of plant can be removed as they deteriorate. No pruning is necessary.
  • Comments: Smooth Criminal features an indeterminate growth habit, meaning it continues to grow taller and put on new fruit at the top of the plant. Plant is open and very easy to pick from as compared to a traditional 'bush' type plant, where you have to dig into the plant to harvest the fruit (getting your arms scratched up in the process). The stems are also completely smooth and spineless, which also equals no irritation to your arms during picking. Fruit quality is excellent, very tender, pale yellow squash is excellent for all uses.

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