What are the Different Growing Stages of Spaghetti Squash- Care needs and Growing Problems

Without having information about what I am planting, it’s just useless and often ends negatively. Am I the only person who thinks like this, or do you also feel the same?

Let me explain clearly. I have been trying to grow spaghetti squash for a very long time but was not able to get positive results. I was really fed up but didn’t want to give up. I decided to start again, but this time I did research first and then put it into practice. Believe me, you will be surprised to see the result.

Want to know what magic I did after facing so much disappointment? Nothing much, I followed all the growing stages of spaghetti squash and cared for the plant according to the stage and its requirements.

I think this is enough, and without wasting much time, let’s learn about the different growing stages of spaghetti squash.

About Spaghetti Squash:

Spaghetti squash is a type of winter flower and as this flower has a winter squash family it is known for its hard rinds and long shelf life. There are many different types of squash including butternut, acorn as well butternut squash among others. Winter squash requires a long growing period to mature. Even fruits are harvested late in the ingrown season as they will last for many months and we can also store them at room temperature in a cool as well as in a dry environment.

As compared to other winter squash spaghetti squash has flesh that is not creamy or smooth and even it is unique among a group of vegetables.

Introduction To Spaghetti Squash

DescriptionIt is a plant having fruits that look like yellow crooknecks and has have oblong shape
Soil NeedsIt needs Loose soil that is rich with plenty of organic matter
Sun exposureFull sun- at least 6 hours per day
PlantingSow seeds directly in the garden
WateringMake sure to keep soil evenly moist but not overwater them.
FertilizingUse high-nitrogen fertilizer
Pests & diseasesWatch for any problems and treat them quickly
HarvestingYou can Harvest squash when they grow up 6-8” long and do have hard skin. 
Additional notesAfter harvesting the plants are used to vines that cover the ground quickly and help prevent light from reaching other plants nearby
What are the different Growing stages of Spaghetti Squash- care needs and growing problems

8 stages of Spaghetti Squash:

There are only 8 stages that will tell you about this flower as when it grows and many things. Even many writers say that there are only 5 or 6 stages but I will tell you how it continues until you harvest this fruit. These steps will help you to go through the life cycle of spaghetti squash and the squash growing stages from its seeds to harvest.

1.   Planting stage:

  • You can plant spaghetti squash in a biodegradable port or even you can grow it in the seed trace as it is not necessary unless you live in the Northern region as there is a short growing season. 
  • You can sow the seeds directly on the ground after the danger of the Frost has passed and even the temperature of the soil has been warmed to about 60⁰ F.
  • But before you plant this plant be prepared, if the soil is well or not then you can also add lots of organic materials like compost or you can also use it to improve the soil fertility and Drainage. 
  • Then you can plant the seed about an inch deep into the soil so that it can get enough moisture until the seed germinates.

2.   Germination stage:

  • There have been some exciting stages as when your squash plant emerges from the soil it comes from that your squash has been growing but don’t get too excited as you need to let the squash plant produce its first set of leaves so that it can establish some root systems.

3.   Transplanting Stage:

  • If you don’t let your squash seeds in the seed tray or the pots then you have to transplant them so that you can ensure that the seeding is not too crowded.
  • You should make sure that the soil is more fertile, loose as well as well-drained.
  • Even don’t forget that there are many types of squash spaghetti squash, in particular, that need a lot of space to grow and you can transplant the seedings about three to four feet so that it can grow properly as it needs enough space to grow.

4.   Vegetative Stage:

  • During this stage, the spaghetti squash plant has the quality to grow quickly as this plant can last between two or four months as this plant can mainly focus on the leaf as well as the growth of the stem.
  • It can develop more leaves and the stem becomes stronger and more expensive. 
  • It can also grow in size and produce more foliage.

5.   Flowering Stage:

  • As this plant is mature it can also enter the flowering stage.
  • It produces yellow unisex flowers with Male flowers that appear first and even the female flowers follow short after the flower gets bushy. 
  • The female flowers are long and but have a small round swelling at their base which helps fruit for the process of pollination.

6.   Reproductive Stage:

  • This is one of the most important stages as in this stage spaghetti squash develops fruit and it only happens once.
  • When the female flower is pollinated and the small swelling at the base of the female flower grows and even it expands into green shape squash. 
  • Even in this stage this plant also increases in size as well as in color.

7.   Ripening Stage:

  • When it gets mature, it turns from green to creamy or yellowish in color and the skin of the plant becomes harder.
  • Even it takes 80 and 100 days from the time you can plant the spaghetti squash seeds for the fruit to reach maturity.

There are only three stages that can help you to ensure your squash is ready to harvest:

  1. The skin of the plant is deep and it is in rich yellow.
  1. The stem of the plant is dry and brown and it is not green or even moist.
  1. The skin of the plant is hard to resist as it is punctured by the thumbnail.

8.   Harvesting Stage:

  •  In this stage, the squash reaches in the desired size as well in color and it is time for harvest.
  • You can use the knife so that you can cut the squash from the vine and leave a short stem that is attached to it.
  • When it is harvested your squash you can store it in a cool or in a dry place as it can only take the last weeks or a few months as it only depends on the condition.

Spaghetti Squash Care Needs:

Before you jump right into the spaghetti squash that is on the growing stage you can take only a few minutes to get more familiar with its needs. 

  • Once the crucial factors of the plant are cultivated in the soil and once it is well drained that means now it can allow for optimal growth as well as nutrient absorption.
  • Opt for a pH level of 6.0-6.8 which makes this plant more leafy and makes it feel more comfortable in its bed. 
  • You can also water it as this plant requires more moisture which means you need to water it regularly, especially during hot or dry weather.
  • Avoid over-watering it as it can damage the root of the plant. 
  • This green plant needs plenty of sunlight to grow and it can also produce fruit.
  • The fertilization process is important as it supports the plant for healthy growth.


If you want to learn how to grow spaghetti squash and how to meet all your needs then some best as well as diseases can cause harm and even it can threaten your plant growth as well as they can also prevent you from harvesting a good crop.

Growing problems:

As most of the squash faces a lot of growing problems.

  • It arises due to its poor quality of soil.
  • You can also notice that the lack the growth or failure in the bloom formation can occur due to these problems. 
  • You should also make sure that our soil is well-drained and it is not overly moisturized.
  • It is also considered a heavy feeder and it needs a lot of organic material as well as fertilizer to support its growth. 
  • This will stop the vegetables as well as it does not tolerate acidic soil and if we check it then we can see that the soil PS test is very important to make sure that it is within the neutral range. Many members of the cucurbit family have both Male as well as female plants. 
  • The Male flower has a thin base whereas a female has a tiny spaghetti squash once it is successfully pollinated.
  • You can also face many pollination issues as if the female flower fails to get pollinated then it will shrivel up and die rather than produce fruit. 
  • It can also attract many pollinators to your garden and even if everything fails then we can use hand pollinators so that it can ensure production by brushing it inside of the Male flower and then moving it inside the female.


Like many members of the cucurbit family, spaghetti squash has many common pests, cucumber beetles, squash vine borers, and squash bugs are some of the most common even the pests are found in the eastern United States and once they have bored the vine then it is possible to bury another section of the vine in the first so that it can get the root but it can also vary from degrees as it depends on the damage that has been already done.

These pests are more offensive but vigilant and we can also inspect the plant often as these squash beetle eggs are particularly easy to spot and they can lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves. Even there is enough to squish them between our fingers.

The adult bugs can be picked from the plant and can be dropped into the bucket of soapy water to kill them as it can also make an amazing snack for many chickens.


  • As we all know overwatering can cause many problems and it can also cause the perfect conditions for fungus to take hold.
  • It occurs especially in hot as well as humid climates. 
  • Even if you give a lot of moisture and watering then it can contribute to many issues.
  • Downy mildew is often mistaken for the powdery mildew as it occurs like a yellow spot on the top of the leaves and it is with black spore masses on its upper sides. 
  • I can also say that powdery mildew appears more like white flow powdery On the Leaves.
  • I can easily prevent all these issues by bottoming plants as neem oil can also be sprayed as a preventative measure so that it can reduce all the colonization of the spore that is in the foliage.
  • One of the most amazing ways to reduce or remove and destroy all the infected plant material is to prevent them from spreading to nearby healthy plants.
  • Once they are removed as infected material then spray neem oil and you can also add liquid copper fungicide to the plant. After doing this there is less risk of further spread.


Hence after reading the article, you will get all the necessary information about Spaghetti squash that you need to grow and care them. I have also explained all the troubleshooting that you can face and the solution to these problems.

Becky Decker

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