Squash 'Early Butternut'

One of the tastiest squash you can grow with rich, waxy orange flesh. 'Early Butternut' is brilliant for soups and roasted in the oven, and can be stored throughout winter. More
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I think 'Early Butternut' is 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.

Once the growing shoots are about 4ft long, pinch out their tips and eat them (dipped into tempura batter and fried or delicious in an omelette). This stops them growing like a triffid and dropping their fruit while still tiny.

Genus Cucurbita moschata
Variety Early Butternut
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Butternut Squash
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 60-90cm (24-36in)
Spacing After last frosts, when they have 5-6 leaves plant outside 90cm (36in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover from late Mar-May, 2 seeds pushed (on their sides) 2.5cm deep in a 7cm pot of compost. Once germinated remove weaker seedling. Can be direct sown in June.
Care Tips Water well, and avoid the plant becoming dry. Mulch well.
Storing Store throughout the winter in a place with good air circulation. For best results, hang in an onion bag.
Harvesting August - October. Pinch out growing tips of all branches at about 2m. Fruit will then start to form. If you want lots of small fruit, keep picking the squashes young. If you want them to grow larger, leave the fruit on the plant for as long as you can.
Cooking Notes Brilliant for soups and roasted in the oven.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
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Squash 'Early Butternut' reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Kate

The web-site was clear and informative about sowing the seeds and what to expect, the seeds arrived in good time, germinated well and have produced healthy plants. The cold, wet June has held the plants back and there may not be many actual squash produced, but that's our weather, not the product!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Ward

all seeds grew good results

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sally

only two seedlings survived

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sarah

Only one survived and that still not thriving

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lynda

Only 3 plants survived in the garden. No produce yet.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Chris

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Reviewed 19th November 2018 by Bridget

Well packed, arrived in good condition. Grew on well and reasonable crop