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Squash, Summer, Butterstick Zucchini Hybrid

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Bright yellow zucchini with firm texture and sweet, nutty flavor.

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Prolific plants with single-stem habit and a long harvest period. 'Butterstick' produces a yellow straight-neck squash on a zucchini type plant. Proven tops for performance, flavor and wide adaptability.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Summer Squash

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Sow seeds directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil in full sun after danger of frost has passed.
  • Be sure to choose an area when you did not plant squash or related crops within 2 years.
  • Sow 1-2 seeds about 36 inches apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Thin to one plant when seedlings have two sets of leaves.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Squash plants have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Squash plants have both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as beebalm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits. Border squash plots with rows of beans, herbs, peppers and tomatoes.

Harvest Summer Squash & Preserving

  • Harvest when fruits are small and the skin is shiny. Harvest often. To keep summer squash producing pick all fruit at this stage. If fruit is allowed to mature the plant may stop producing.
  • To pick summer squash give the fruit a gentle twist until it snaps off.
  • Store summer squash in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Male squash blossoms are also delicious and sweet, try dipping in batter and frying.

Harvest Winter Squash & Preserving

  • Wait to until the fruit has matured to harvest.
  • Fruit will have a dull skin that is too hard to pierce with your thumbnail.
  • To harvest, cut fruit from the vine with shears leaving a 2- 3 inch stem on each squash.
  • Allow winter squash to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
  • Store winter squash in a cool dry place.
Summer Squash
Days To Maturity
50 days
Full Sun
18 inches
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
18 inches
Squash, Summer, Butterstick Zucchini Hybrid is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Yellow Squash I Planted this in fall and its still growing threw 38 degree low temps at night a huge rain storm. But its been really nice out here unseasonably warm. Just wasn't sure why this zucchini was on super sale. It turns out the golden Zucchini I purchased was clearly Butterstick. Also, it is growing without full pollination. I guess it has been growing so slow it acclimated differently. Its still putting on fruits by little nats getting into the mirco flowers. Causing the zucchinis that are growing to have the flowers out their butts that have continued to survive. I have two more coming on the same way. I'm just happy cause I thought they wouldn't make it into December they passed threw January too.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Been growing this type for four years now If you want a lot of delicious zucchini I would try growing one of these. I have been growing them for four years in a row without disappointment. I even let them grow really large, to 16-18inches before harvesting; slice them in half, scoop out the seeds and it leaves you a thick slab of flesh that is great on the BBQ. Just coat with olive oil, salt and cook till those grill marks sear through. You will get a lot of fruit once the plant gets about 3ft x3ft, and they tend to come in waves so I hope your neighbors and coworkers love zucchini. Warning, this plant gets huge. It grows in a single stem so I plant two in the same spot and have them grow in two different directions. By mid-season the plant has sprawled some 4ft wide and reaches 4-5ft in length (meaning two of them cover 4ft x 10ft). The fruit lack those hair spines some other zucchini get, but the stems of the plant are covered in them; where gloves when you have to grab the plant and pull it back into the garden bed. It has the normal susceptibility to mosaic virus, white fly, and blossom rot that most zucchini have but this year I grew them with silver mulch and no mosaic, or white fly, and greatly reduced blossom (only twice from 20+ fruits). Lastly the seeds keep, I am still on the original packet I bought four years ago with a near 100% germination rate. It's good to know what keeps store well for when the zombie apocalypse comes.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful squash Grew this for the first time last summer very giving little plant . Will definitely grow again this spring love it!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Squash Ever! This is the best squash I've ever grown! Not only does it produce very, very well and taste even better, but the fruits are the prettiest I've ever seen in the summer squash varieties and the plant is absolutely beautiful! Every single visitor to my garden this year was drawn to it and asked' "what is this beautiful plant?!" I grow a lot of vegetables in with my flowers and this squash really made the whole flower bed look like a tropical oasis. The leaves are very large and each plant got about 4 ft wide this summer despite the hot, dry weather we had this year here in NM. I will definitely be growing this one from now on.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Yellow Zucchini This is the second year in a row I have planted this squash. I love it. It produces 3 to 1 over the green zucchini and tastes so much better. I love to grill it with olive oil and a little garlic salt and its the absolute best for beer battered fried zucchini. It does its best when its hot here in California and it seems to slow down a little when the temps fall below the 80's. I planted some in April and we had a lot of rain and it cooled down so it didnt grow too fast. Then I planted some in the end of May when it warmed up and it caught up to the earlier planting within a couple of weeks.
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I grow these in 5 gal. buckets with one per and they grow huge and each plant produces a ton even late into the hot Florida summer.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Squash The Butterstick Hybrid is the only squash I grow every year because it is a consistent huge producer and so versatile. If you want a Zucchini you've got it, if you want a summer squash to stew down just add a little sugar, and for grilling it is tops. Make sure you allow for huge plants that will grow up to 10 ft long in a hot climate like the deep south. If you plant them too close you will have problems with powdery mildew as they get larger and crowd each other. I recommend starting them in cups in the greenhouse and setting them out after all danger of frost is past. I usually plant them 3 to 4 feet apart and try to encourage every other one to grow in the opposite direction of the one next to it The biggest problem is stem borers that will cause them to wilt and eventually die unless you cut off all of the leaves near where the borer has attacked and bury a foot or two of the stem then water daily until it recovers to produce a continuing huge crop. I cannot eat or give them away fast enough when they are in peak production. Everyone I have given them to says they are the best squash they have ever eaten.
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Plant I only planted 1 seed of this zucchini in my raised box garden. In no time at all the single plant had taken over the entire box with wonderful giant leaves and beautiful yellow fruit. This was such a high producer I was picking 2 - 3 zucchini about every 3 to 4 days. I had a hard time using all the fruit from just this one plant. I grilled, boiled, pickled and used in salads as much as I could and had to give lots of the fruit away. I will definately plant this variety again and make sure I have proper space for it, as it gets very large.
Date published: 2009-02-28
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