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Cucurbita moschata

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'Butternut' is a Winter squash variety in the Cucurbita genus with a scientific name of Cucurbita moschata. Butternut is a heirloom variety. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Gr 2 Paint Orange. The mature flowers are of a Single hose-in-hose form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow Orange and   Pastel orange. Leaves appear approximately as a   Napier green colour.

Despite the name, winter squashes are warm season vegetables that are harvested when the outer skin is hard and tough, and can be stored for long periods over the winter 1.

Most Butternut varieties are vining plants, and require a large area to grow, although there are a few with bush-growing habits, which take less space. 1

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Butternut is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches).

Mexico is believed to be where Butternut originates from.

Butternut Winter squash needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Butternut have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Butternut

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Bees are necessary for pollination and fruit production, so take care with insecticides 1

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Butternut is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 2 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.1 and 7.5 as Butternut likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Butternut from seed

Butternut, like other winter squash, is frost-tender. 1 The seeds do not germinate in cold soil, and the seedlings are injured by frost. Do not plant until all danger of frost is past and soil is thoroughly warmed. 1

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 3.90 feet (1.20 metres) between Winter squash plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Butternut about 10 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Butternut

The vining types of squash require at least 50 to 100 square feet per hill. Plant seeds one inch deep (four or five seeds per hill). Allow 5 to 6 feet between hills. When the young plants are well-established, thin each hill to the best two or three plants. Allow 7 to 12 feet between rows. 1

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Butternut is a tender plant.

Harvesting Butternut

Although you can wait for the entire fruit to be ripe, you can also harvest the immature fruit to use in stews, roasted veg, etc. For baby butternut, harvest when they are less than 10 cm (4 inches) long. For mature fruit, harvest before heavy frost hits your area 1.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid autumn.

Misspellings of Winter squash 'Butternut'

Butter nut

Other Names for Winter squash 'Butternut'

Butternut Squash

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