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Buttercup Winter Squash Seeds

Buttercup Winter Squash Seeds

Flavorful Nutty Wonder

Buttercup Winter Squash, a member of the Cucurbita maxima species, originates from North and Central America. This heirloom variety is cherished for its rich flavor, long storage life, and adaptability to various climates.

This squash boasts a compact plant with sprawling vines that produce blocky, round-shaped fruits. Each fruit exhibits a distinctive turban-like shape with a dark green, slightly ridged skin and a pale, creamy flesh inside. Known for its sweet and nutty flavor, the dense flesh of Buttercup Squash is smooth and vibrant, making it a favorite for both culinary and decorative purposes.

Planting Buttercup Winter Squash from seed requires well-draining, nutrient-rich soil and a sunny location. These plants thrive in temperatures between 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C) and need ample space to spread their vines. When planting, sow seeds about an inch deep and leave ample space, around 3 to 4 feet, between each plant to accommodate their vigorous growth.

Regular watering, especially during dry spells, is essential for optimal growth. Mulching around the base of the plants helps retain moisture and suppresses weed growth. The fruits typically mature in about 80-100 days from planting. Harvesting Buttercup Squash is best done when the fruits have developed a deep, consistent color and the rinds resist puncture with a fingernail. After harvesting, they can be stored in a cool, dry place for several months, making them an excellent winter storage option.

Overall, Buttercup Winter Squash stands out for its exceptional flavor, decorative appearance, and versatility in various culinary dishes, making it a sought-after addition to garden plots and kitchen tables alike.

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Description

Buttercup Winter Squash, a member of the Cucurbita maxima species, originates from North and Central America. This heirloom variety is cherished for its rich flavor, long storage life, and adaptability to various climates.

This squash boasts a compact plant with sprawling vines that produce blocky, round-shaped fruits. Each fruit exhibits a distinctive turban-like shape with a dark green, slightly ridged skin and a pale, creamy flesh inside. Known for its sweet and nutty flavor, the dense flesh of Buttercup Squash is smooth and vibrant, making it a favorite for both culinary and decorative purposes.

Planting Buttercup Winter Squash from seed requires well-draining, nutrient-rich soil and a sunny location. These plants thrive in temperatures between 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C) and need ample space to spread their vines. When planting, sow seeds about an inch deep and leave ample space, around 3 to 4 feet, between each plant to accommodate their vigorous growth.

Regular watering, especially during dry spells, is essential for optimal growth. Mulching around the base of the plants helps retain moisture and suppresses weed growth. The fruits typically mature in about 80-100 days from planting. Harvesting Buttercup Squash is best done when the fruits have developed a deep, consistent color and the rinds resist puncture with a fingernail. After harvesting, they can be stored in a cool, dry place for several months, making them an excellent winter storage option.

Overall, Buttercup Winter Squash stands out for its exceptional flavor, decorative appearance, and versatility in various culinary dishes, making it a sought-after addition to garden plots and kitchen tables alike.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 0.01 lb

Dimensions: 0.1"L x 3.25"W x 4.5"H

Features

  • Open-Pollinated

Characteristics

Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Vining
Life Cycle : Tender Annual
Plant Family : Curcubitaceae (Curcubits)
Planting Time : Summer
Seed Unit Sizes : Seed Pack
Soil pH : 6.1 - 6.5
Soil pH : 6.6 - 7.0
Starting Location : Direct Sow
Starting Location : Start Indoors & Transplant
Sun Requirements : Full Sun

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Provide squash plants with deep mounds of organic matter, rich soil, and heavy, even water. All squash are extremely frost sensitive, so use mulch to heat soils in early spring and row covers to protect from frost at both ends of the growing cycle, especially in short growing seasons.

Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost, or sow seed directly once soils are at least 70°F. Use row covers to provide a physical barrier to insects.

Harvesting & Storage: Pick squash when they are 4"-7" long to keep production high, and for best flavor.

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