Squash 'Early Butternut'
In this mix
|Sow Under Cover|
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Edible Crop
- Kitchen Garden
- Broad Tolerance
- 45cm (18in), but will trail/climb up to 4.5m (15ft)
- Common name
- Butternut Squash
- Moist but Well-drained
- Full Sun
- 1.8m (6ft) - Trailing
- Soak/soften seed to speed up germination, then sow on their edge 2.5cm deep in individual pots. Once they have 5-6 leaves, harden off and plant out after the last frosts. Sow direct from mid-May.
One of the tastiest squash you can grow with rich, waxy orange flesh. It's expensive to buy in the shops, so far better to grow your own.
These vining vegetables can grow to a huge 4.5m or more. For best results, once growth reaches about 1.2m in length, pinch out the tips and eat them (dipped into tempura batter and fried or delicious in an omelette). This will help curb the spread and prevent fruit from dropping while still tiny.
Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.
Water well, and avoid the plant becoming dry. Mulch well, and dig in plenty of manure. Will need a frame to climb up. It is important to pinch out the triffid-like growth tips once they reach 1.8m and to keep doing so! This helps the fruit to set.