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No Squash Bugs on this Pumpkin

Are you looking for a winter squash that squash bugs do not like? Take a look at the Hopi Orange squash. I have been growing this squash off and on over the past 10 years.  I have never a problem with squash bugs when I plant Hopi Orange squash, but I do if I plant any other winter squash (or pumpkin).

According to E. John Rogers of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, these heirloom squash were one of three varieties grown by the Hopi Indians from southwestern North America. Several blog site posts mentioned that these squash were not damaged by squash bugs, which agrees with my own observations.  While this squash is resistant to squash bugs, it is susceptible to powdery mildew as you can see in the photo.

The flesh of the Hopi Orange is orange and it makes great pumpkin pies. The fruit reaches a size of 10-20 pounds and they keep well in a cool, dry location. Seed is available from several heirloom seed providers.

If you are tired of battling squash bugs, you might want to plant a few Hopi Orange, next year.