Butterbaby Butternut Winter Squash (F1 Hybrid 100 Days)
The Butterbaby Butternut Winter Squash is a mini butternut squash that is ideal for small spaces. Presenting the classic shape, color, and texture, these personal-sized, 4-6” fruits weigh 1-2 lbs and grow from compact-sized vines; need to save even more space, grow up a trellis. Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 70-85ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2-1" deep
Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 36-48" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Sow after the last frost when the soil temperature is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 36-48".
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 3-5 hills
Harvest: Before heavy frost. Determine ripeness when the skin has turned color and becomes dull and dry. You will be unable to create a dent when pressing your thumbnail into it. Leave two inches of the stem on the squash and manage carefully so there is no damage that can shorten storage life. Cure for 7-10 days in the sun to harden the rind and increase storage quality. Wipe any debris off the skin before storing it in a cool dark place with 50-55ºF temperatures and 50-65% humidity.
Tips: The Butterbaby Butternut Winter Squash needs fertile, well-drained soil, amended with compost, well-rotted manure, and/or added organic fertilizer. Keep well watered for optimum growth, mulching will help retain moisture. Use black plastic mulch and row covers for weed, insect control, and faster growth.