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Squash, Winter, Burpee's Butterbush

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Space-saving plants. Delicious flavor.

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Deep red-orange flesh is rich and delicious. Space-saving, bush-type plants grow only 3' long. Each bush bears 4-5 butternut-shaped fruits averaging 1 1/2 lb. A sweet staple and a great source of vitamin A. Winter squash keeps for months and makes superb pie. Plant when soil is warm. For bush types, sow 3-4 seeds in groups (hills) spaced 6-8 ft. apart. 25 seeds per packet, will plant 6 groups.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

75 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

12-18 inches

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.

48-60 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-12 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 are “dioecious” having 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 & 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.
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Size
12-18 inches
Full Sun
48-60 inches
10-12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Life Cycle
Squash, Winter, Burpee's Butterbush is rated 4.087 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bumper crop I grew this for the first time this past year (2015). It truly is a space saver! We got about 20 squash from 4 plants. We grew it among the sweet corn. Even when all our other squash plants got borers, these were unscathed. They have the sweetest deep orange flesh and the size, though small, are more manageable and less seedy than the fruit of the standard variety. We will definitely grow it again this year!
Date published: 2015-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LIKE THESE! The first year I planted these 2014, I got 30 squash out of four hills 2 plants per hill. I had all different sizes ranging from 2lbs. to 1lb. If you like butternut squash these have a good flaver. Each plant produced a 4 to 5 foot vine which I simply coiled around the hill, using this method these take up a surprisingly small area of garden. These 30 squash lasted me until march 30 2015! 5 months in an external wall floor cabinet piled in a corner & the last 1 was as good as the 1st. I shredded them and ate them on salad as carrot replacement all winter with my 2 sons. These are great for small families with small garden area. Once shredded these can be added to any dish.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We got NO squash from these seeds this year Unfortunately, we got no squash from this plant this season. We will try again, but we planted 10 seeds, and only got 4 to grow into plants. We had no squash grow either? Not sure why, but a 3 rating feels HIGH at the moment.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tasting Planted and harvested these Butter bush. Will plant again every year! I really enjoyed the flavor. Unfortunately, the plants do not produce a ton of yield. I planted 6 plants and only got 8 successfully matured squash. It may have something to do with the weather being much cooler this year. I will try again starting my seeds much earlier next year. Very tasty squash! I also noted that this variety is very prone to powdery mildew disease.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Different Sizes I thought that this would be a smaller "bush" and not take as much of my garden space, but it does vine not a huge vining plant, but it does vine out. I got several different sizes from 3 inches up to 6-7 inches in length. I loved the flavor of these as I froze it for the winter.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavor Packed! These small little plants produced about three to four fruits each for me and wow am so pleased! The flavor of these is just amazing! So moist and sweet and just big enough for a meal. I love these squash and already plan on planting them next season! But a word of advice, the deer love them too!
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable producer and great taste We have a small garden plot so the size of the plants matter. Didn't think I would improve on the Waltham butternut, but this little gem is actually tastier We get two to four small to medium sized friuts per bush and leave them out in the garden well after the plant has died and dried up. That seems to make them sweeter and they last longer through the winter when we do that, too. Since I've only seen this sold by one other seed company, I come back to Burpee every year and order all my seed - just because of this one variety of butternut squash. Perfect for a couple. Just slice in half and bake or microwave
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Butternut Squash I LOVE this butternut squash! Plants are a good size for a small garden. Production is good even in our short summers in western Oregon. The inside is a beautiful deep orange color, and the flavor is wonderful. I've grown it for a number of years and always use some for Thanksgiving dinner. I've tried space-saving varieties from other seed companies, but Burpee's Butterbush is the best!
Date published: 2012-05-15
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