Butternut pumpkin

Squash 'Butternut'

Butternut pumpkin - Squash  'Butternut'

Common Name: Butternut pumpkin
Genus: Squash
Cultivar: 'Butternut'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
Harvest: September & October
Months to Sow Inside: April
Months to Plant Outside: May & June

A highly popular variety of winter squash grown for its heavy elongated pear-shaped fruits, each one weighing several pounds when picked. The hefty vigorous plants scramble over the soil with each plant producing several honey-coloured fruits per plant. Leave in the sun to ripen before picking and they'll keep for several months. Squash makes an excellent companion plant: grow them under sweetcorn where its large leaves will suppress weeds and help keep moisture in the soil.

  • Growing Instructions: Sow two seeds to a 10cm pot in late spring in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. Pot on seedlings as they grow then harden off carefully and plant out in a sunny sheltered spot once all threat of frost has passed. Leave 60cm between each plant and protect from slugs.

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