The Best Types of Squash for Containers

With their wildly colorful fruits in all shapes and sizes, the choice in winter squashes and pumpkins is vast. The fruits also look great in containers, raised beds or growing bags on a sunny, sheltered patio.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pattypan Squashes: Highly Decorative

Harlequin and pattypan squashes, and small pumpkins require feeding weekly with a high potash formula. Your rewards will be these highly decorative fruits.

Turks Turban: Grown for Decorative Purposes

'Turk's Turban' is one of the most colorful squashes available. The pale-lemon flesh tastes a little like turnip.

Jack Be Little Squash: Perfect Single Serving

Up to eight tiny fruits are produced per 'Jack Be Little' plant, just the right size for an individual portion.

Sweet Dumpling Squash: Often Roasted Whole

The 'Sweet Dumpling' has up to 10 striped fruits per plant. Either roast them whole or use for soups and stews.

Small Ornamental Pumpkins Need Support to Climb

Support pumpkins using canes or place heavier fruits in net bags and tie these to sturdy canes to prevent the stems from snapping.

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