From the family of Cucurbitaceae and botanically classified as Cucurbita moschata, Black Futsu is an heirloom Japanese pumpkin. It has a bump skin that is black-green in color to warm orange. Can be eaten with the skin on and tastes like nuts. Squash is most popular in Asia, but it is increasingly consumed in the United States as well.
When you are planting them, there should be 24” to 36” spaces in between rows.
Black Futsu definitely needs to have a full sun. When it comes to watering them, it is best to do it regularly. Overwatering your plants is not preferred.
Here is the list of all common pests that you may encounter while growing your Black Futsu Squash:
These pests can bring diseases (cucurbit diseases) to your plants while growing. To avoid them, make sure that you put soil drainage, the plants receive proper air that they need and give them pest control. Do not be afraid of using sprays to your plants especially if it can remove and control the pests from damaging your plants.
The plant usually fruits in 50 to 55 days. Once ready, cut the fruit from the vines. You can either cure it under the sun for 5 to 7 days or indoors by keeping the squash in a proper storage (27 to 29°C).
The packet size is 1 mg which contains 10 seeds! Just enough for someone who is starting to plant their own black futsu squash at home. Make sure to grow them properly by following some simple steps we listed here. Do not be afraid of trying which method will work best because it differs per variety.