Early Butternut is a popular variety of Winter squash, which belongs to the Cucurbita genus (Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut'). Early Butternut is a hybrid variety. 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. Early Butternut is known for growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This variety tends to bloom in late summer.
Mexico is believed to be where Early Butternut originates from.
Early 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.
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How to grow Early Butternut
Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Early Butternut is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 2 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 6.1 and 7.5 as Early Butternut is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant.
Growing Early Butternut from seed
Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 3.90 feet
(1.20 metres) and sow at a depth of around 0.98 inches
(2.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F
to ensure good germination.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Early Butternut about 10 days before your last frost date.
Transplanting Early Butternut
Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Early Butternut is a tender plant.
Harvesting Early Butternut
This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid autumn.
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