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Butternut Squash Heirloom Seeds, WALTHAM Butternut HEIRLOOM Seeds 2013 (30 P/K)

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Butternut Squash Heirloom Seeds, WALTHAM Butternut HEIRLOOM Seeds 2013 (30 P/K)

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Butternut is one of many different kinds of winter squash, with a distinctive pale yellow and pear-shaped fruit. Inside, the firm flesh is orange and distinctly sweet.

This variety is one of the best butternut varieties for making winter squash pie or for cooking in stews and soups! 3-5 lb. fruits have dry yellow/orange flesh that has a rich, sweet flavor. Our family prefers these for pies instead of pumpkins! Vigorous vines produce abundant harvests of fruits that are fairly uniform with very straight necks. Winter squash plants take lots of room to grow. The vines grow very long and can be trellised successfully if garden space is a priority.

95 days from transplant to maturity

Detailed planting instructions are included with each purchase!

I always add a few extra seeds in each packet in case I count wrong

How to Grow Butternut Squash

Starting from Seed

Butternut squash need warm soil to germinate so you are better off starting seeds indoors, though you can also direct seed outside once the weather warms up.

Plant your seeds in larger (3?) seed pots rather than flats, with the seeds about an inch under the soil. You can plant 2 or 3 in each pot, to transplant together in hills. Keep your pots somewhere sunny and warm or they may take a long time to sprout. Get them started around 3 weeks before your last frost date.

Each butternut squash plant will produce several large squash, so you won't likely need more than 3 or 4 plants.

Transplanting

Your seedlings should go out about 2 weeks after your last frost has passed.

Dig your soil to prepare for planting and add fertilizer or compost. Choose a location that will have full sun and allow a lot of space for the vines. Each hill should have 3 feet of space around it.

If you are putting seeds straight into the garden, you'll be planting them at the same time as you would put out the transplants. They will not germinate or sprout in cold soils. Plant 4 or 5 seeds in a small hill, and thin down to 2 or 3 after they have sprouted.

Butternut can be grown upward on a fence or trellis if you don't want to have vines all through your garden. If you plan on training them up this way, you can plant your seedlings just 2 feet apart. In this case, don't plant them in little groups, but rather just one plant every 2 feet. Be prepared to add extra support when those large fruits start to grow.

Growing Instructions

Like cucumbers, squash vines will first have a round of male-only flowers come to bloom before the female ones do. So don't be alarmed if none of the first blossoms set any fruit. They aren't supposed to.

For plants growing on a trellis, you will have to take care to protect the squash as they get larger. The plant won't be able to support them up in the air on its own. Various slings or nets can be fashioned by the creative gardener. Pantyhose, old t-shirts, mesh produce bags can all be used to make a squash hammock. Just tie them to the trellis, not the vines.

As the season comes to a close, pinch off any new flowers and remove very young squash. You can help the plant divert its resources to finishing off the larger squash before winter by not letting any new ones get started.

Days to germination: 5 to 10 days

Days to harvest: 90 to 100 days

Light requirements: Full sun

Water requirements: Regular watering

Soil: Fertile and well-drained


Another Heirloom Product from our garden.

All of the seeds we sell have been home grown on our small family Garden. Seeds are only harvested from the best plants, Our seeds are hand Harvest, counted and packaged in resealable plastic envelopes . I always add a few extra seeds in each packet in case I count wrong.

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