Pattypan squash Cucurbita pepo var. patisson

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Pattypan squash
Pattypan squash
Pattypan squash


Pattypan squash is a small, round summer squash that typically grows to be about 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The plant has a bushy growth habit and can reach a height of about 2 to 3 feet. The fruit of the pattypan squash has a unique scalloped shape and a range of colors, including white, yellow, and green. The skin of the pattypan squash is edible, and the flesh is tender and mild in flavor. This squash is a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Patty pan, Pattypan squash, Pattypan, Pâtisson, Patisson, Scallop squash

    • Common names

      Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita melopepo, Cucurbita pepo var. patisoniana, Cucurbita pepo L. subsp. ovifera, Cucurbita ovifera, Cucurbita pepo var. melopepo

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Pattypan squash is not known to be toxic to humans when consumed in moderation. However, some individuals may be allergic to the vegetable and may experience symptoms such as itching, hives, and swelling.

    • To pets

      There is no information available specifically for pattypan squash. However, some types of squash can be toxic to dogs and cats, so it is recommended to consult with a veterinarian if your pet has consumed any type of squash and is experiencing symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      Up to 3 feet

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    Low in calories: Pattypan squash is low in calories, making it a great addition to a healthy diet.

    High in nutrients: It is rich in nutrients like vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and fiber.

    Versatile: Pattypan squash can be roasted, grilled, sautéed, or baked, making it a versatile ingredient in a variety of dishes.

    Easy to grow: This type of squash is easy to grow, even for novice gardeners, making it a great choice for home gardens.

    Sustainable: Growing Pattypan squash can help promote sustainability by reducing the amount of food that needs to be transported over long distances.

    Gluten-free: Pattypan squash is naturally gluten-free, making it a good option for people with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

    Helps with hydration: Due to its high water content, Pattypan squash can help keep the body hydrated.

    May aid in digestion: The fiber content in Pattypan squash may aid in digestion and promote gut health.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    Low in calories: Pattypan squash is low in calories, making it an excellent food choice for people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

    High in fiber: Pattypan squash is high in fiber, which can help regulate digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and promote feelings of fullness.

    Rich in antioxidants: Pattypan squash is a good source of antioxidants, which can help protect the body against free radical damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

    Contains vitamins and minerals: Pattypan squash is a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.

    Anti-inflammatory properties: Pattypan squash has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation throughout the body and prevent the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    Pattypan squash is not known for its air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    Use as a natural bowl: Pattypan squash can be cut in half and used as a natural bowl to serve dips or small snacks.

    Use as a candle holder: Pattypan squash can be hollowed out and used as a unique candle holder for small candles.

    Use in arts and crafts: The unique shape and texture of Pattypan squash make it a great addition to arts and crafts projects.

    Use as a planter: Pattypan squash can be hollowed out and used as a small planter for herbs or small plants.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    There is no significant information available regarding the use of Pattypan squash in feng shui

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    There is no significant information available regarding the use of Pattypan squash in astrology

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    Pattypan squash doesn't have a specific symbolic meaning or cultural significance like some other plants or fruits do. However, it is often associated with the season of summer and can symbolize warmth, abundance, and nourishment. Additionally, because of its unique shape and bright color, it may also be seen as a symbol of creativity and uniqueness.

Once a week
20000 - 50000 Lux
Not needed
Spring - early summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Water Pattypan squash deeply once a week, providing 1-2 inches of water each time. Avoid watering the foliage to prevent fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Pattypan squash needs full sun exposure, which means at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. If grown indoors, it requires bright artificial light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Pattypan squash prefers warm temperatures between 60°F to 105°F. It cannot tolerate frost or temperatures below 50°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pattypan squash doesn't require pruning

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pattypan squash is a warm-season crop that grows best in well-drained, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH range between 6.0 and 7.0. A soil test can help determine if additional nutrients are required.

  • plantRepotting

    Pattypan squash doesn't need to be repotted as it prefers to grow in the ground.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pattypan squash grows best in areas with moderate humidity levels, ideally around 50-60%. However, it can still grow and produce fruit in areas with lower humidity levels, as long as it is watered adequately.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Not growing

    • Outdoor

      Cultivated almost all over the world during the growing season

    • Hardiness zone

      USDA 3 and higher

  • circleLife cycle

    Pattypan squash typically takes 45 to 60 days to mature after sowing, depending on the variety. The following are the different stages of the life cycle of pattypan squash:

    Seed Germination: Pattypan squash seeds can be sown directly into the soil once the danger of frost has passed in the spring. Germination occurs within 5-10 days.

    Seedling Stage: At this stage, the plant has developed its first few leaves and is ready to be transplanted into the garden bed. Pattypan squash seedlings should be spaced 3-4 feet apart.

    Vegetative Stage: During this stage, the plant is focused on growing its leaves, stems, and roots. Pattypan squash plants need plenty of sunlight, water, and nutrients to thrive.

    Flowering Stage: Pattypan squash produces large, showy flowers that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. The flowering stage begins around 30-40 days after planting.

    Fruit Formation Stage: After the flowers have been pollinated, the pattypan squash begins to form. Pattypan squash can be harvested when they are 2-4 inches in diameter.

    Maturity and Harvest: Pattypan squash is typically ready for harvest 45-60 days after planting. The squash should be firm to the touch and have a bright, glossy skin.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring - early summer

    • Pattypan squash can be propagated through seeds. The seeds can be planted directly in the garden after the last frost date in spring, or started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date and transplanted outdoors once the seedlings have developed their first true leaves and the threat of frost has passed.

      The ideal soil temperature for planting pattypan squash seeds is between 60-105°F (15-40°C). It takes around 7-14 days for the seeds to germinate, and once the seedlings emerge, they should be thinned to one plant per pot or 2-3 feet apart in the garden.

      Pattypan squash typically takes 50-70 days from planting to maturity. They will begin to flower 30-40 days after planting and continue to produce flowers and fruit throughout the growing season.

  • insectPests


  • microbeDiseases

    Downy mildew, Anthracnose, Powdery mildew