Squash Winter Delicata & Butternut

EXCLUSIVE – This duo of All-America winners are the best space-saving varieties of nutty, sweet-tasting, vitamin-rich winter squash. The compact vines of productive Early Butternut Bush produce fruits with tan rinds that have moist, smooth, creamy-orange flesh. Compact Bush Delicata has oblong fruits with handsome striped rinds and rich golden flesh with a delicious sweet potato-like texture.

Seeds are color coded with USDA food grade stain to distinguish varieties.

Green Seed = Delicata squash

Undyed Seed = Early Butternut F-1

Product Weight: 2 grams / Approximately 20-25 seeds

Plant Type: Vegetable

Flavor: Sweet, nutty

Days to Harvest: 70-80 days

Days to Seed Germination: 7-10 days

Seed Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1")

Seed Spacing: 2-3 seeds every 2 feet

Row Spacing:  120 cm (48")

Plant Spacing: 20 cm (8")

Planting Instructions:  Squash needs full sun, rich, fertile soil and warm temperatures. Plant only when weather is warm and settled and night temperatures stay above 50°F (10°C) both day and night. Make slightly mounded growing hills 2 to 3 feet apart. Plant varieties separately, 1 inch deep, 8 inches apart, 4 seeds per hill. Thin seedlings to leave the 2 strongest plants per hill so vines will have room to grow and mature.

Winter squash needs the full growing season to mature properly so it will keep for winter eating. When rinds are tough enough to resist a fingernail, cut fruits from vines with a good stem. Let them cure for 1 week in the sun, then store in a cool dry place. Enjoy Delicata first as they don’ t store as long as Early Butternut, which stay in excellent eating condition for several months.

 

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