Squash 'Hunter' F1 Hybrid (Winter)Cucurbita moschataButternut squash

Half-hardy Annual

What is Half-Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Can be grown outdoors but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.

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British bred for the UK climate!

Early to set fruit and ripen

Heavy yields of tasty Butternut Squash

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Height Up to 45cm (18in)
Spread Up to 200cm (79in)

Half-hardy Annual

kitchen garden

full sun

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Description

This British bred variety is perfectly adapted to our cooler climate, producing very high yields of 5-6 squash per plant! Butternut Squash ‘Hunter’ forms a bushy, open plant that allows the sunlight to penetrate for improved ripening. Crops are quick to set and ripen, so you can harvest the pale-tan, pear-shaped fruits, in just 95 days from sowing.

The fruits of Squash ‘Hunter’ have a small seed cavity and weigh around 800g-1kg (1 3/4lb-2 3/4lb) per squash, with a lovely, sweet flavour. This versatile variety is delicious roasted, baked, mashed or made into soups. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 200cm (79").

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1 packet (10 squash seeds) (52363)

Sowing

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.

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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.
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