Butternut Squash 'Hunter' F1 / Early variety bred for UK climate / Seeds

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Butternut Squash 'Hunter' F1 / Early variety bred for UK climate / Seeds

The Hunter variety of Butternut Squash is bred for the UK climate and has an abundance of tasty early fruits. Each fruit is 0.8 1.0kg in size and ripen about four weeks earlier than regular butternut squash in September and October.  The fruits will store for 6 months or more.  This variety has an RHS Award of Garden Merit for reliable fruiting.   


Butternut Squash are tender to frost and like a sunny sheltered spot and well cultivated soil.  Each plant grows 60-80cm in height and needs about 50cm of space around it.

 

Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow indoors in April-May or directly in the ground in late May/June.  Harvesting starts about 90 days from sowing.    Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.

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Hardiness Half hardy annual
Height 60 - 80cm
Spread 50cm
Conditions  Sunny sheltered position and cultivated soil
Sow

Sow indoors in April/May in individual pots 1cm deep.  Keep at 20-25C and germination takes 1-2 weeks.  Transplant seedlings to bigger pots when big enough to handle and then out into the garden in late May/June after hardening off.  Plant in rows 1.5-2m apart, each plant 0.5m to 1.0m apart.    Or sow outdoors in late May/June directly in the soil with 2 seeds per station. Thin to one strong seedling. Protecting the crop with a cloche or horticultural fleece in the first few months can improve ripening.

Grow & Harvest

Harvest about 90 days from sowing, in September and October, when the skins begin to harden.  Do not harvest too early, but do harvest before the last frost.  Control powdery mildew (if necessary) to help the fruits ripen fully.  Store fruits cool (not below 10C) for six months or more.