Growing Winter Squash With The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon®
The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® is ideally suited to growing winter (thick skinned) squash like the butternut, acorn, and spaghetti varieties. Gardeners will be amazed by the plentiful, large squash that the Waterboxx PlantCocoon® produces. The Waterboxx PlantCocoon® delivers a consistent amount of moisture to the growing squash plant daily, ensuring optimal growth. Also, because the Waterboxx PlantCocoon® blocks weed growth around the stem of the squash, almost all sunlight goes directly into growth of the squash plant.
- Here you see growth of an acorn squash from planting with the Waterboxx (May 7) to first harvest (July 16). No water was added to the squash or the Waterboxx PlantCocoon® at any time after planting. The soil was moistened and the Waterboxx PlantCocoon® reservoir were filled at planting on May 7.
- In total, we harvested 13 large acorn squash from this one plant, all without any watering after set up. Our biggest problem gardening with the Waterboxx was storing all of the produce!
- The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® may be able to completely eliminate the need for the gardener to water winter squash plants. It only takes 4 inches of rain to refill the Waterboxx PlantCocoon® reservoir, and between rains the reservoir is replenished with dew and transpired water from the plant.
- We do recommend planting squash and other cucurbits (vine crops like watermelon or pumpkin) on small mounds slightly wider than the Waterboxx. These can be 5 inches tall and 25 inches wide, composed of potting soil or rich compost.
- You can direct seed the winter squash or transplant it after starting it inside. If direct seeding, we recommend waiting until the plant is 6-8 inches in height before placement of the Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon®.
- Here you see the growth of a butternut squash transplanted on May 2. The Waterboxx PlantCocoon® was then placed around the squash plant and filled with water.
- No water was manually added to the plant, soil, or Waterboxx PlantCocoon® after planting and set up - not even once. All water the plant received came from collected dew and rainfall with no effort on the part of the gardener.
- The only work required for this plant was training the vine to grow on a string trellis so as to not take up too much room on the soil.
- The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® allows you to plant squash without watering after set up, and without the need for weeding. All you, the gardener, need to do is train the vine and harvest the fruit.