How to grow Butternut squash

Butternut squash plant grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Cucurbita and also known as Butternut pumpkin, Butternut squash plant annual plant grows as shrub, semi vine, vine, creeping vine, also used as ornamental fruit, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+, need to take care that there is enough hot days in order to bear fruits.

Leaves color green in heart shape the leaves wavy in the margin

Flower color is yellow, there are female and male flower.

Butternut squash plant edible fruits

Fruits are pear shape some of Butternut squash plant crescent and long, the size 15-90 cm, seeds are white and edible

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Requirements for Butternut squash plant growing and care:

Mulch keep the moist of the soil and also protect the fruits

How to care:
watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, the vine species need trellising

What is the best way to start growing?
Seedling / Seed (explanation bellow)

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, possible to graft for better base that will be resistant for virus

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Attacked easily, when the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die

Planting season:
Spring to summer, but better in the spring and in hardiness zone 4-7 need to start in the middle of the winter indoor, the plant need enough hot days when mature to bear fruits without, if the plant won’t be with mature fruits in the autumn or the plant won’t bear fruits or the fruits will die before fully ripen, also better to choose cultivar that bear the fruits faster.

How to plant:
Planting in well ventilated soil, dig bigger hole than the plant and put organic matter, humus and dead leaves

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, moth, virus, beetles

Pruning season:
No need, but possible all the season

How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, also try to clean them

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Attacked easily, when the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, moth, virus, beetles

Pruning season:
No need. But possible all the season

How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, also try to clean them

Size of the plant:
2-5 m, 6-15 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water

Water requirement:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, planting in containers need to be at least 10-20L (2.5-5 gallons), well-drained soil, the plant not react well to overwater, need to make enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important and need to be soil well ventilated, can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, when use bottom for the pot need that it will dry in the same day.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Late spring to summer

General information about the flower
Yellow flower with five lobs, there are female and male flowers

Thinning the bloom:
Sometimes happened because disease or not enough water, or need hand poination

Pollination is done by:
Bees and more pollinators, by hand

Edible Fruit

Fruit harvest season:
Summer-Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Powdery mildew

What can be done with big quantities of Butternut squash plant fruits?
Cooked, grilled, stir fry

Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometimes to space it from the ground

How long does it take to bear fruit?
4-6 month

How to grow and care Butternut squash plant from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow no special treatment, sowing temperature better to sow in 21-25C (70-77F)

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place

Sowing season:
Spring and in cold climate start in the winter indoor because it’s need at least 3 month of hot weather

Planting spacing:
Depend if trellising 40*50cm (8*12 inches), sowing to transplanting 5*5cm (2*2 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
1-2cm (0.5-1 inch) from the top

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
5-20 days

Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising, mulch

Do the seeds require burying?
No

Scientific name:

Cucurbita moschata

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors

Climate

Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

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Plant uses

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Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone