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AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

We carry dozens of All-America Selections winners, including seven Johnny's-bred varieties -- Jasper Cherry Tomato; Baby Bear Pumpkin; Bright Lights Swiss Chard; Diva Cucumber; Sunshine Kabocha Squash; Bonbon Buttercup Squash; and Carmen Pepper. Read about Johnny's Plant Breeding Program (article by Rob Johnston Jr., Johnny's founder and chairman).

All-America Selections is an independent, nonprofit organization that trials new varieties alongside two or three similar varieties currently on the market, then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners. Submitted vegetable and flower varieties are tested by a geographically divergent network of independent judges to determine whether their garden performance is truly superior, with winners chosen on the basis of scores received from judges at 34 sites in the U.S. and Canada. Johnny's is proud to be an official trial ground site for AAS. (To learn more, visit the All-America Selections website.)

Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies

Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies

Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.

For supplies, such as fertilizers and pest and disease controls, the OG symbol identifies products that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.

Gold Nugget

Gold NuggetOrganic Squash Seed


Product ID: 669G

Personal-sized orange/pink hubbard.

Early, 1-3 lb. pink-orange fruits. Attractive small size for farmers markets or CSA boxes. Prolific yielder. Fruits are borne on compact, bush plants, which may be planted more densely than vining types for a higher yield per acre. Dry, sweet orange flesh has a buttery flavor and is best enjoyed after a month or more of storage. Stores up to 6 months. Bred by No. Dakota State Univ. as a storage crop for northern areas, though it is widely adapted. Avg. yield: 4-5 fruits/plant. AAS winner. Organically grown. Avg. 3,400 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.

Product Price Qty
669GPacket  $4.10 
669G1 Ounce  $5.60 
669G1/4 Pound  $12.05 
669G1/2 Pound  $20.05 
669G1 Pound  $32.95 
669G5 Pounds  $143.15 
669G25 Pounds  $659.25 
Backordered until 02/12/16

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Growing Information

Hubbard Winter Squash

CULTURE: Fertile, well-drained soil is best. For best quality and yield, the optimum soil pH of 6–6.5 is ideal.
FROM TRANSPLANTS: Sow 2–3 seeds in 1½–2" containers or plug trays 3 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Thin to 1–2 plants per cell with scissors. Harden plants for 4–7 days prior to transplanting by reducing fertilizer, water, and temperature, or moving flats outside if there is no frost danger. Transplant after frost danger when weather is warm and settled, about 18" apart for bush and small-fruited varieties, and 24–36" apart for large-fruited varieties. Take care not to disturb roots! Plastic mulch and fabric row covers will help plant establishment and exclude insect pests.
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow in late spring after frost danger when soil is warm, minimum 62°F (17°C) for treated seeds and 70°F (21°C) for untreated seeds — seeds will rot in cool soil, especially cool, wet soil. Sow 2 seeds every 18–36" (depending on variety), ½-1" deep and thin to 1 plant per spot. Rows 6' apart, 12' apart for larger fruit.
DISEASES: Cucumber beetles can carry bacterial wilt and must be controlled. Gummy stem blight (black rot) causes black, sunken spots to appear on fruits in storage. Downy mildew may occur in damp weather, powdery mildew can occur in hot or cold temperatures, or during dry periods. Consult your local Cooperative Extension Service agent for specific fungicide control. Choose well-drained soil to avoid phytopthora.
SPRING COLD PROTECTION: AG-19 (heavier grade) floating row covers will provide about 4° of frost protection and add warmth for vigor and an earlier harvest.
INSECT PESTS: Protect young plants with floating row covers. Cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and vine borers can be a challenge. Pyrethrin offers some control. Squash bug eggs laid on the underside of leaves may be located and crushed. Keep borders well mowed. For vine borers, cut out of vines and hill soil over the wound. Clean up refuse in the fall, and spring-plow the ground to bury the pupae.
FALL FROST: Frost kills leaves and can thus facilitate harvest; however, it can also damage fruits and cause spotting and poor storage. Mature fruits can usually tolerate 1 and sometimes 2 or 3 light frosts without substantial damage. Sprinkler irrigation wards off moderate frost damage to fruits.
HARVEST: Before heavy frost, cut stems about 1" from the fruit when stem is drying and skin is hardening. 1 or 2 light frosts are tolerable, but a hard frost or repeated light frosts will damage fruits. Storage capabilities are greatly impacted by damage to the fruits' skin. Handling them carefully and protecting them from abrasions and bruising is the best way to ensure that they will hold well.
CURING: Cure in the field to dry and toughen skins by exposing fruits to sun for 5–7 days or so, covering in the evening if frost is likely. An indoor method of curing is to expose squash to 80–90°F (27–32°C) with ventilation for 3–5 days.
STORAGE: Store at 50–60°F (10–15°C), 50-75% relative humidity, and good air circulation. An accumulation of sub 50°F (10°C) exposure events causes chilling injury, reducing storage life. Hubbards are better after a few weeks in storage and will keep up to 6 months. Red Kuri is the exception in that it is delicious right out of the field, but will only last a maximum of 3 months.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract about 14 days if transplanting.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATES: (at 2 seeds/ft., rows 6' apart) 1 oz./50', 1 lb./850', 8½ lb./acre.
SEED SPECS: See individual varieties.
PACKET: 30 seeds.

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