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Waltham Butternut Squash (90 Days)

A relative newcomer amongst winter squash, Butternut was introduced in 1944, although the breeding material, Winter Crookneck, dates back to the 19th century. Vines run 6-7’ in length and yields of 2-3 pound squash are good, but quite late. 

15 seeds

PLANTING

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.

 

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07/01/2019
brandon d.
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Kickin it root down

My overall experience with Pinetree seeds has been amazing..Ive been purchasing seeds from them for over 5 years. Their heirloom varieties have never let me down,seeds have all been viable and the produce has been delicious. Their pricing, prompt delivery and customer service has exceeded expectations..Thank you Pinetree!

07/02/2019
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02/09/2019
Jay Kampa

Family Favorite

This is my go to squash! We refer to these as Betty's Butternuts because my mother-in-law likes them so much. I keep trying other types but this is still the best.