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     maxima

1. We are successfully producing
F-1 squash for more than six years.

2. F-1 squash seed production include interspecific & intra-specific
crosses i.e. C. maxima X C. moschata
                C. moshcata X C. moschata
                C. maxima X C. maxima
                C.pepo X C. pepo

3. F-1 squash seed produced by us is of very high quality in  terms of genetic purity, vigour, lustre & size and meant for both edible & root stock.

4. Our production area is located 14 degrees latitude and
75 degrees longitude with temperatures ranging between
20 degees to 30 degrees centigrade during flowering & seed setting stage.

- Pregerminated seeds are sown for both Male & female.
- Maintain 7000 plants of female for C. Moschata and 4500
  plants of female for C. Maxima per hectare.
- Spacing followed C. Max. (female)- R to R - 3.0 to 3.6 mts.
P to P - 0.6 to 0.75 mts.
C. Mos. (female)- R to R - 1.5 to 1.8 mts.
P to P - 0.6 to 0.75 mts.

- C. Moschata - Primary pinching at 6 true leaf stage.
Two secondaries are maintained which are again pinched at 8th node on secondery vine to allow tertiaries.Two tertiaries are allowed on each secondary shoot to hold one fruit on each tertiary.

- C. Maxima - Primary pinching at 6th true leaf stage and
then 2 or 3 secondary shoots are allowed. Each secondary shoot is set for one seed fruit between 11th to 15th node.

- In case of paired bud on single shoot maturing the same day for pollination special care is taken.
On both secondaries also the buds are selected in such a way that both are pollinated the same day.

- Selected healthy female flower buds are bagged in the
afternoon of previous day.
- Pollination is done between 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. when
receptivity is 100% to have maximum number of seeds per
fruit.
- Maximum care is taken in respect of plant nutrition, plant
health & water management during the total crop period.
- Vines are maintained green for more than 40 - 45 days after
fruit set.
- Curing of fruit is done for 30 - 35 days.
- We get 2 to 2.5 seed fruits of C. maxima and 3 to 3.5 seed
fruit of C. moschata per plant.
- Immense care is taken in respect of post harvest to avoid
seed fruit losses due to fungus/fruit rot.
- Seeds are extracted from healthy fruits after due curing.


 

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