PUMPKIN ‘Butternut’ - 10 HEIRLOOM Seeds
PUMPKIN Butternut squash has smooth textured orange flesh, which has excellent nutty flavor. This prized heirloom pumpkin variety and the fruit grows up to 25cm or 2kg. Orange skin and thick, cylindrical neck. This variety has a small seed cavity which means you can enjoy more of the lovely yellow flesh. The flavor is sweet and nutty and just delicious. Butternuts yield well and store longer than other pumpkins in cool dry conditions (up to a year) and is excellent for baking. Ready in about 85 days after sowing.
Care: Sow seeds outdoors as soon as danger of frost has past in your area. Cover seed lightly with soil, 2 - 3 seeds together in groups. Space giants at least 3 m apart. For earlier Pumpkins start indoors 2 to 3 weeks in advance of intended date for moving the plants to the garden. Use Jiffy pots so the container and roots can be buried without disturbing the root system. Also make sure the pot is wet when transplanting. Sow 2 seeds per pot and do not thin. Germinates best at 22 degree C in 7 to 10 days. Pumpkins are ripe once the stem has reached a dark green color and is starting to wither. Ample water is needed for optimum size!
Harvest pumpkins before the first autumn frost, and when foliage has begun to dry out. Cut stem with a knife, leaving 7-10cm of stem on the pumpkin. Do not hold the pumpkin by the stem; if stem attachment gets broken, or any part of the pumpkin bruises, the pumpkin may rot. Do not allow harvested fruit to get wet.
Propagation note will be supplied with the seed packet for your convenience.
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