Waltham Butternut Squash

squash butternut walthamWaltham Butternut Squash

Waltham butternut squash was an All-American Selections Winner in 1970 and continues to be a favorite today. The light tan skin encases a yellow-orange flesh that has a nutty, yet sweet flavor. They have a straight neck with a bulb at the end can reach 8-10 inches in length which can weigh around 6 pounds.

After harvesting, in order to keep butternut squash for a long period, you must cure the squash.  Do this by storing it in a warm, dry location for a few days and then moving it to a cooler location (about 50-55 degrees) and it should last into the winter.

Waltham Butternut Squash is great for baking. It cooks up sweet and tender and holds it’s color after cooking.

Days To Harvest: 100-120

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Spacing: Plant 36″ apart in 40″ rows.

Height: Grows 16″ to 24″ tall.

Outstanding Features: Squash is very easy to grow and can be harvested all summer as long as you keep it picked to promote further production. Harvest when fruit is about 7-9 inches long for best flavor.

Tips: Plant Squash when all threat of frost is gone. Pick mature Squash on a daily basis to keep the plant producing longer. Leaving ripe Squash on the vine will cause it to become tough and inedible.

**Picture courtesy of www.johnnyseeds.com

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