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Squash, Waltham Butternut AAS

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Waltham Butternut squash is a  winter squash that grows on a vine. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp with a compartment of seeds in the blossom end. When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. A wonderful source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium; and it is a source of vitamin A.

Although botanically butternut squash is a fruit (specifically, a berry), butternut squash is used culinarily as a vegetable that can be roasted, sautéed, toasted, puréed for soups such as squash soup, or mashed to be used in casseroles, breads, muffins, and pies. It is part of the same squash family as ponca, waltham, pumpkin, and calabaza

  • Days to Maturity - 100-105 Days
  • Type - Winter Squash
  • Botanical Name – Cucurbita moschata
  • Zone – 3-9
  • Fruit Color - Orange
  • Plant Type - Vining
  • Summer/Winter - Summer
  • Sow Method - Direct Sow or Transplant
  • Sow Depth 1 inch
  • Plant Spacing - 36 inches
  • Row Spacing - 3 Feet
  • Sunlight - Full Sun
  • Breed - Open Pollinated
  • Germination Days 7-10
  • Germination Rate - 90%
  • Lifecycle - Annual
  • Watering - 1 inch per week
  • Approx. 11 Seeds Per Gram
  • Squash Growing Guide
  • Companion Planting Guide

CLASSIFICATION:  Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Non-Gmo, Annual

Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year. 

All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom. This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.

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