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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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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jul-11

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.
Winter Butternut
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
Squash, Winter, Burpee's Butterbush is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A keeper I direct seeded April 22, mulched, got a wet spring. June 16th now, and all the curcubits have mild wilt, including one Butterbush. The other 11 Butterbush are going to town, deep green, minor bug issue, fruiting up to 10 fruits per plant, keep on adding vine and fruits. If they make it all way to harvest, it will be a real keeper !
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2017 Germination Issue These are my favourite winter squash to grow - great flavour, stores well. Small enough that you can cook one with a meal for 2 to 4 people without having a lot left over. Warning: The 2017 seed batch had germination issues - I bought 3 packages and 1 seed germinated. Luckily I had some 2016 seed leftover - they had almost 100% germination rate still in 2017. Assuming the 2017 germination issue is resolved I will continue to grow this variety.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Small plant but small squash too. I teeter between 2 and 3 stars. My garden doesn't get the best sun and is a small plot. I know I shouldn't get full production but these plants were very limited in what they produced. The fruits were very small. I got maybe 2-3 per plant. I have had better luck with regular butter nut squash. It might be better with more sun though. I am going to try again in another location and update results.
Date published: 2017-03-02
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
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