The information on this page applies to seedlings sold by LEAF Nursery during our 2021 Seedling Sale.
Cucurbita moschata. An Adaptive Seeds Original, an early-ripening, 2-4 lb fruit with classic butternut shape.
Easy to Grow
nights above 50°F
well drained, fertile soils with a pH between 6.0–7.5
consistent watering; avoid getting foliage wet
Days to Maturity
3 seedlings per mound
Additional instructions: Despite its name, winter squash is grown in the summer. The name comes from the fact that the mature fruits can be stored for winter eating. Pumpkins are also types of winter squash. Encourage bees for best pollination. To save space, vines can be trained up fences, trellises or tepees.
Harvesting instructions: Winter squashes need to mature properly, so don’t harvest until vines have died back and squashes’ exterior rinds are fully dark green and tough enough to resist piercing with a fingernail. Then cut squashes from vines, leaving a good stem handle. Cure in the sun for about 10 days, before storing in a cool dry place where they will keep for months. To prepare, cut squash in half and bake until tender. Flesh is tender, nutty, sweet and totally delicious.