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Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut' ('Early Butternut' squash)

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4 hours care
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0.9m
Max height
0.9m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut'

Other names

'Early Butternut' squash

Genus

Cucurbita Cucurbita

Variety or Cultivar

'Early Butternut' _ 'Early Butternut' is a large, elongated pear-shaped squash with a hard, smooth, yellow or buff rind, orange flesh and a sweet, nutty flavor. This is a winter variety.


Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Irregular

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green, Cream, Mottled in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Eelworm (stem and bulb) , Mice , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails Eelworm (stem and bulb) , Mice , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails

Anthracnose diseases , Basal rot , Black rot , Mosaic virus , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases , Verticillium wilt Anthracnose diseases , Basal rot , Black rot , Mosaic virus , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases , Verticillium wilt

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut' ('Early Butternut' squash) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.9m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Plant in deep, fertile, sandy, and ideally slightly acidic soil. Squash are not hardy - site in full sun in a sheltered position. Soak seeds before germination. Squash plants started under cover can be planted out once all danger of frost is past.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut'

Other names

'Early Butternut' squash

Genus

Cucurbita Cucurbita

Variety or Cultivar

'Early Butternut' _ 'Early Butternut' is a large, elongated pear-shaped squash with a hard, smooth, yellow or buff rind, orange flesh and a sweet, nutty flavor. This is a winter variety.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Irregular


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green, Cream, Mottled in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Eelworm (stem and bulb) , Mice , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases

Anthracnose diseases , Basal rot , Black rot , Mosaic virus , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases , Verticillium wilt

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut' ('Early Butternut' squash) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.9m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Plant in deep, fertile, sandy, and ideally slightly acidic soil. Squash are not hardy - site in full sun in a sheltered position. Soak seeds before germination. Squash plants started under cover can be planted out once all danger of frost is past.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut' ('Early Butternut' squash)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut' ('Early Butternut' squash)

Common pest name

Soybean looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis includens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous insect pest; present in the Americas; with the potential to be damaging to UK glasshouse crops; particularly tomatoes

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut' ('Early Butternut' squash)

Common pest name

Oriental tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides claratris

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in parts of Asia and East Africa; where it can cause damage to solanaceous crops. Europe-wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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