How to propagate Butternut Squash
Directly sow seeds 2 cm deep and 60 - 90 cm apart in late spring or early summer after the last frost dates have past. Place them at a slight angle to allow water to run off. Germination within 7-10 days. Butternut squash plants are extremely tender and the seedlings will freeze with the slightest frost and seeds will only germinate in warm soil. They can be started in 5cm pots in heated propagators and grown indoors until frosts have passed. You may need to pot on before hardening them off slowly ready to be planted into their final position.
Special features of Butternut Squash
Heavy Feeder, companion plant with beans or legumes to provide food.
Attracts useful insects
Bees are needed to pollinate the flowers.
These odd shaped fruits range from orange-yellow to green-yellow with a rough or warty skin.
Other uses of Butternut Squash
Culinary, vegetable, food
Flowers make a lovely beer butter - use the male ones! Fruits are often prepared like pumpkins - baked, roasted or grilled. Soups or braai side dish with feta and spinach is also popular