Very productive and earlier than other squashes. Butternut is appreciated for its subtle, slightly sweet taste and butternut accents. Eat in soup, mashed or gratinated. Low in calories and rich in vitamins C, B1, B6 and K, magnesium butternut also has antioxidant properties.
Plant height: 20 to 50 cm
Exposition: Sunny. She particularly likes the heat.
Soil: Rich and well drained
Culture: Planting should be done after any risk of frost. Separate each stem from your pot. This crop requires a large space since the spacing between the plants is 150-200cm (1.5- 2 meters). The richer your land is in manure or natural fertilizer, the more abundant your harvest will be. Well-clear the land before planting. When your plant has 4 leaves, pinch the stems to stimulate the development of the plant, so you will have a better production. Do not use insecticides during the pollination period. Cultivate if possible on a mound of soil.
Once your butternut plants are well developed, the foot should be covered with straw to keep the soil fresh and moist and prevent squash from touching the ground and rotting. It requires daily watering ideally in the morning. Do not use insecticides during the pollination period.
Harvest: You can pick the butternut as soon as the leaves dry out in mid-September and until the first frosts. This is usually the time when it takes on a beige hue and its foot turns brown. It will be stored for several months in a dry place and at a temperature of 10 to 15oC maximum.
1 m & more