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Butternut 'Barbara'

Cucurbita moschata 'Barbara'

Butternuts are hardy squashes that can be stored for a long time. The Barbara butternut has a high flesh to seed ratio. This variety's skin has a slightly mottled green stripe.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest from about 2 months after sowing. 85 – 95 days to harvest as mature fruit.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds directly in Spring or Summer, 15-20 mm deep and 60-90 cm apart. Germination takes 5-10 days.

Special features

Crop rotation
Heavy Feeder
Attracts useful insects
Bees are one of the pollinators.

Geography

Origin
America
Natural climate
Warm to hot summers

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Flowers make a lovely beer butter - use the male ones! Fruits are often prepared like pumpkins - bakes,roasted or grilled. Soups or braai sidedish with feta and spinash is also popular.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Cucurbitaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Pumpkin fly

Companion plants

Beetroot, carrots, legumes, coriander, dill, sunflowers

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