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Easy to grow and an excellent keeper, Butternut squash is an attractive winter squash with a sweet taste and excellent texture. Delicious roasted or baked, and amazing in soups.
Butternut Squash Seeds
Butternut squash is an attractive, easy-to-grow winter squash with an excellent flavor and excellent keeping capacity. The fruits are slightly smaller than many other winter squash (average weight of 1.5kg/3lbs), allowing the plant to produce around 4 to 5 fruits per plant.
One of the great benefits of cultivating butternut squash is that it’s resistant to powdery mildew, which in turn supports increased sugar production, allowing for a sweeter fruit. Like most winter squash plants, Butternut is a trailing squash that needs room to sprawl. Even so, its compact vines make it the winter squash of choice if space is at a premium.
This is a Waltham Butternut squash.
How long does it take to grow Butternut Squash from seeds? It usually takes about 110 to 120 days for the fruits to mature. If you have a short growing season it is best to start your seeds indoors to give them a healthy start. If you are planning on starting your Butternut Squash seeds indoors then you should plant around 6 weeks before the last frost of the season.
How often should I water Butternut Squash seeds? It's easy to grow Butternut Squash, keep a watering schedule of around 7-10 days when it hasn't been raining in your area. An inch of water is required to keep your Butternut squash healthy so the water gets absorbed by the soil slowly.
Do Butternut Squash seeds need full sun? Summer is the best season where Butternut squash thrives. Planting your seeds out in the Spring in full sun will give you a great harvest. You require a lot of space due to their vine growth and rich soil mixed with compost.
- Germination Time
- 7 - 10 Days
- Sowing Method
- Start in Pots / Trays
- Days to Maturity
- 100 Days
- Packet Seed Count
- Recommended Soil pH
Sow and Harvest Times