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Polaris Winter Squash (F1 Hybrid, 100 Days)


There is nothing like opening up the bright orange interior a butternut squash in the cold of winter, bringing back the memories of the summer season. A traditional butternut squash with medium sized, 4-5 lb. fruits. The vigorous plants produce at least 4-5 uniform fruits per plant. 

15 seeds


Cucurbita moschata

Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2-1" deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before 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 last frost when 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 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 which can shorten storage life. Cure for 7-10 days in the sun to harden the rind and increase storage quality. Wipe any debris off skin before storing in a cool dark place with 50-55ºF temperatures and 50-65% humidity.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.

with compost tea. Select the more compact varieties if your space is limited.

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    Gail Stenstad
    East Tennessee

    Polaris exuberance!

    I grow this variety every year for flavor, texture, and reliability. I usually get 12-15 squash from a three-plant hill. Today I picked 38 good squash, and there are stil 8-10 not quite ripe., from the usual hill. They obviously flourished in the high rainfall summer we've had this year.

    D Umphress
    Woodbury, NJ

    Best Butternut I have grown!

    I can only grow moschata squash, due to squash vine borers, and this is the best one I have grown. I get 7 or 8 large -5 to 9 lbs - squash per plant, and they last long - I still have some of last years out there now, with this years ready to pick. Also, this year was very wet, but they did not show a sign of mildew - always well disease resistant.

    Lorilyn W.
    United States

    we like that you offer smaller quantaties of great quality seeds

    They all came up! the little plants all have flowers even-They almost seem too small to have flowers-but all four varietals we purchased from you are doing great! it is too early to see what happens next-but at this rate...we will have good squash crops! yay!