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Waltham butternut squash has smooth textured orange flesh, wich has excellent nutty flavour. Orange skin and thick, cylindrical neck. One plant produces 4-5 fruits each weighing 1-1.5kg. A very popular vegetable and it made it into our essential vegetable seeds collection too.
Sow the butternut squash seeds from late March through April under glass for growing in the greenhouse, or late April through May to transplant outdoors. Seeds can also be sown direct outdoors, in a finely prepared bed, from late May.
Sow squash seeds 2 cm deep in 7.5 cm pots of good compost or in seed cells, 1-2 seeds per pot/cell, so you can save the stronger seedling. If the late summer is very wet it is advised to place a large stone or a brick under the fruits to prevent rotting.
Transplant the seedlings into bigger pots when large enough to handle.
Place in a propagator before transplanting outside. Leave 60-100 cm between plants. Prefer rich and well drained soil.
The fruits can be left on the vine up to until November and stored in a frost free well ventilated place for up to 6 months.