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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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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.

Winter Butternut

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

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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 & 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.
Type
Winter Butternut
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Size
12-18 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
48-60 inches
Height
10-12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
36 inches
Squash, Winter, Burpee's Butterbush is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good production, a little small These sprawl less than the usual butternuts, but are still a vining plant. Reached about 6' in both directions, mixed in with the pumpkins. Squash came out a little smaller than other varieties, but that may be because we had a drought for June and July in MI. No bug issues, but I wrapped the stems with paper after cutworms got a pumpkin plant. Keeping well, have not eaten yet.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Swuash Bug safe I got the butternut squash, Cause squash bugs were said didn't like butternut squash. Sad to say they do somewhat, Only unlike other squash that the bugs liked completely. I did get some butternut squash.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor germination and yield Put 8 seeds in hill and none germinated. Then placed another 8 and finally 3 did germinate. These 3 plants seemed to be thriving but there were few flowers and I ended up with only 3 smallish squash.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I plant these every year, and this year not one germinated.
Date published: 2016-06-15
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
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