Fall and winter, this is a delicious butternut with improved fruit uniformity and increased yields. Interior is solid and dry. Pick young and use like summer squash or let mature to 6 lbs. Excellent for storing. Ready about 85 days after sowing.
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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.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
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.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
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
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-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for 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.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
Squash, Winter, Waltham Butternut is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Worked great for usCan't go wrong with this tried-and-true butternut. Because of its resistance to squash bugs, it is the only squash we can grow here. Great flavor, perfectly good output, very healthy plants and fruit. We have one of the shortest growing seasons, so I know what other reviewers are talking about. A tip: you just have to plant early and keep on planting until finally there is no late freeze. Squash that are still green when the early freezes come can be cooked just like summer squash and are delicious that way. All the ripe squashes should be picked before the first frost and hardened off in the home so they can last for months.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 1 out of
Very Poor Turn Out From the Seeds PuchasedI would not buy the Waltham Butternut Squash seed again. We planted a hill twice and neither time the squash did not come up. I was very disappointed. Was looking forward to the great taste of Butternut squash.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of
Great for vertical gardeningI grew these from seed. Great germination and very healthy vigorous plants. SincY garden is only 4 X 20 I do a good deal.of vertical gardening. While they do well on a trellis, you have to secure them. They do not secure themselves like cucumbers would. However unlike watermelons, you do NOT need to support the fruit. These plants vine like crazy and I made sure to keep only 4 main vines or else it would have taken over the garden. One plant produced 7 squashes to maturity. One squash is about 14 inches long while a second is only 8 inches long but VERY fat. The other squashes are smaller but still very nice looking. I am leaving them on the vine until the completly dries up to cure for storage. I've grown these before; sweet flesh and beautiful orange color!
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 5 out of
wonderfulwe got so much squash we almost did not know what to do with it. Great taste
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of
Patience RewardsYes, the Waltham does seem to take forever but hang in there - it's worth it in the end. Two other things you should know from my experience: 1-you will be duped into thinking you're getting loads of squash because of all the flowers that appear, but only a few of those will actually result in 'bearing veggie'; and 2-the vines roam like a nomad - I had one find its way into and 3 ft up a cucumber trellis several feet away from the base, so give yourself plenty of room and keep steering the vines into desired confines. As far as harvesting goes, I read that you're supposed to wait until the stem (where it enters the squash) gets woody (looks drier and more brown than green) and that means you're looking at upwards of five months (at least here in NY) before you can start reaping what you sowed. The good thing is that brings you to the cusp of soup season. We've roasted and souped a few so far and they've been great.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 3 out of
Nice vines, unripe fruitI agree witht the last review - takes a long time to get ripe, so far no luck and the days are getting cooler so we may not get one this year. The vines are beautiful though.
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 3 out of
Takes forever to get ripe fruitIt took nearly 4 months to get a truly ripe fruit, and the vines seemed to only be able to handle one at a time. Fruit that has not fully ripened is tasteless. There is a lot that can (and did) go wrong in that time frame, such as skin rotting (which thankfully was superficial) and bugs eating them, and thunderstorms breaking off a vine.
On the plus side, they proved to be resistant to the powdery mildew and squash vine borers that plagued my acorn squash and zucchini.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 5 out of
Excellent SquashThis was the first type of squash I've grown and it did extremely well. Even with little maintence, I had numerous, medium to large size squash.