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Squash 'Buffy Ball' F1 Hybrid (Winter)


Half-hardy Annual

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Perfect for individual portions of delicious baked squash! Cute little tennis-ball sized fruits with attractive creamy yellow skins will make a lovely focal point on your dinner plate. Enjoy heavy crops of Squash 'Buffy Ball' from August to October. This prolific winter squash can produce over 25 fruits per plant which store well over a particularly long period. Height: 35cm (14"). Spread: 200cm (79").

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Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
April, May
full sun
    • 1 packet (6 squash seeds)

    • Despatch: by Monday
    • £2.99

Sow squash seed indoors from April to May for transplanting later on. Sow squash seeds on their sides in small 7.5cm (3") pots of seed compost at a depth of about 2cm (¾"). Place in a propagator or seal pots inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until germination which takes 5-7 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Once germinated, grow squash on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and squash plants are large enough to be transplanted outdoors. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting squash outdoors in warm, well drained, humus rich soil in full sun,. Choose a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sun per day.

Alternatively direct sow squash seeds outdoors from May once the soil has warmed at a depth of 2cm (¾") and a distance of 90cm (36") apart. Sow 2 seeds per hole and thin out the weakest seedling per station after germination. Ideally grow under cloches until squash plants are established.

Water squash regularly - do not allow the soil to dry out as this will impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Squash appreciate an application of a high potash fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season. Harvest squash in late summer and autumn, before the first frosts, when the skin has hardened and the fruits start to crack near to the stem. Harvest squash by cutting each fruit from the stem leaving several inches of the stem attached.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above.

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Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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  1. Buffy Ball Reversion

    By Sarah Hanson 02-02-2016

    I grew two buffy ball plants next to a flat boer pumpkin plant. I don't know if one of the buffy balls reverted to one of its parents or if there has been some cross pollination with the boer pumpkin, however I have had a bumper crop of small orange squash. I wasn't sure if they were edible but decided to roast them in the oven and try one. It tasted just like a roasted chestnut. Delicious. The other buffy ball plant produced a crop of 20 or so lovely true fruits. I tried to find out the parentage of the buffy ball but have so far been unsuccessful, if you could shed any light on the situation I would appreciate it.


    Thank you very much for your review. I am so pleased to hear of the great success you have had with your Buffy Ball seeds! Thank you for taking the time to let us know. We have also sent some information from one of our experts which I do hope you find helpful.

  2. Profuse

    By Jenny Smith 30-08-2015

    The have done so well - luxurious growth, and lots of lovely squashes forming. I've grown 3 plants as part of a Three Sisters system (grown in with sweetcorn and climbing beans). I'm really pleased and can't wait to start harvesting - very soon now I think.


    Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am glad to hear that you have been happy with your order. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

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