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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.

Genus Cucurbita
Group/Species moschata
Variety Early Butternut
Common Name Butternut Squash
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 1.8m (6ft) - Trailing
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in late March. Soak the seed overnight, then sow 2.5cm vertically, one to a 9cm pot. The seeds are large and may rot off before they germinate if sown flat. Once they have 5 or 6 leaves, they're ready to go out. Harden them off by standing them outside during the day and then plant them out once the frosts are over. You can also sow them direct into the ground from April-May outside if you wait until after the frosts.
Care Tips 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.
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 1.2m. 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.
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Squash 'Early Butternut' reviews

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Reviewed 21st April 2020 by Jane

all planted seeds have germinated

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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