Gem Squash 'Rolet' / Small cricket-ball sized fruits / Seeds

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Gem Squash 'Rolet' / Small cricket-ball sized fruits / Seeds

A very popular South Africa vegetable, becoming more available in the UK, with a delicious small fruit in August to October.  This plant comes from the same family as courgettes and is just as easy to grow and look after.  The fruits are cricket ball sized, with dark green outer skins and a pale green tasty flesh.  For the novice, Gem Squash can be boiled whole with the skins on (and then halved and butter added) or halved and baked in an oven.

Grow Gem Squash in a sunny position in rich well drained soil. Grow about 1m apart in the garden, or in big pots or on top of a compost heap.  


Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow March to June indoors.  Or sow directly in the soil in mid-May/June. Harvesting starts 70-90 days from sowing, in late summer/early autumn.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.


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Hardiness Tender annual
Height 30-50cm
Spread 100cm
Conditions  Full sun and rich, moist, well drained soil

Sow early indoors from March to June 2cm deep in pots of moist seed compost.  Keep at 18-25C and germination takes 7-14 days.   Transfer seedlings to pots when big enough to handle and outside after the last frost, 1m apart, after hardening off.   Or sow directly outdoors in mid-May to June, two seeds per station, 1m apart. Thin to one strong plant per station. Water and feed regularly. 

Grow & Harvest

Squashes ripen from mid-August to October. Harvest the fruits when the skin is darkening and just beginning to harden.  Pick regularly to encourage more fruits.  Fruits store to Xmas.