How to Sow Squash Seeds: Jumbo Pink Banana
This one’s called Jumbo pink banana, something we’ve not grown before. So we’re going to have a go at that. So with these, you can soak them for a couple of hours in warm water and all you need to do is get a little plastic container with a lid on it, preferably. And then however many plants you want to grow, I always set a couple of seeds extra because, whether they don’t germinate or whether something happens while they’re growing, whether you get frost or whatever, they might get attacked by slugs or snails. So I always prepare a couple of extra plants just for that eventuality.
So the best way to soak them for a couple of hours is to wrap them in a bit of kitchen towel however many seeds you want to grow and then just fold it up, take your lid off the container and then just fill that container with warm water. Not hot water, but with warm water. And the reason I put the seed in tissue is that when you put your tissue into the water, it’ll soak up the water and it’ll sink. If you put the seeds in without wrapping them, they tend to just float and they don’t generally get that wet. So once you’ve got them soaked and they’re in the warm water, just pop the lid on that.
That will just keep the temperature in there, the water a little bit warmer for a longer period and leave them in there for about 2 hours. And then you take them out. And what some people do and I’m going to do this without soaking them before I set them, it’s just to loosen the husk around the shell. As I say, it’s quite thick. It makes it a bit easier by soaking them because it softens it a little bit.
So you can use whatever implements you like. Just be careful. Obviously you don’t want to cut yourself, but you can use either a sharp knife, pair of scissors. I’m just going to use nail clippers. And what you do is there’s a flat end to the seed and a rounded end.
And all you want to do is just pinch off a little bit of the rounded end, little bits off at a time just to break that shell. And all that does is allows the moisture in into the husk of the seed, just taking little bits off at a time. So I don’t damage the seed inside. Yeah. You see a different colour.