Butternut Squash Seeds
  • This packet is part of our foraged seeds collection. All the seeds have been collected either by us, or our family, and are from our favourite plants in the garden, or from a particularly delicious fruit that we just had to share. 

     

    We encourage you to start this culture of sharing with your friends and family, but in the meantime here are some seeds to get you started.

     

    Butternut Squash Seeds

    £3.25Price
    • Squashes are easy to grow from seed and can be sown outdoors in the spot where they are to grow, or you can start them off indoors in pots.

      Sow two or three seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep outdoors in late May or early June and cover with cloches, jars or plastic. Leave in place for two weeks, or as long as possible, after germination. Thin the seedlings to leave the strongest one.

      For earlier crops, or in cold regions, sow seeds indoors on their side, 13mm (½in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) pots of compost from mid- to late April at 18-21ºC (65-70ºF).

      If you don’t have the space to raise squash seedlings, you can also buy young plants from garden centres in spring and these can usually be planted outdoors straight away. Check specific plant information.

      Grow

      Two weeks before planting or sowing seed outdoors, make planting pockets 90cm (3ft) apart for bush plants of summer squashes and 1.5m (5ft) for trailing plants of summer squashes.

      Do this by making a hole about a spade’s depth, width and height and fill with a mixture of compost or well-rotted manure and soil. Sprinkle a general fertiliser over the soil. Plant one plant on top of each planting pocket.

      For indoor-raised seedlings, plant outside on top of your planting pocket in early June, hardening off (acclimatising) before doing so. Do this by moving them into a coldframe for a week - or, if you don’t have a coldframe, move plants outdoors during the day, then bring in at night for a week. The following week leave them out in a sheltered spot all day and night.

      You can also grow summer squashes in growbags or containers, at least 45cm (18in) wide. Plant one or two per growbag, or one per container.

      Keep the soil constantly moist by watering around the plants, not over them. As they need plenty of water, sink a 15cm (6in) pot alongside the plants when planting out. Water into this and it will help ensure the water goes right down to the roots and does not sit around the neck of the plant, which can lead to rotting.

      Feed every 10-14 days with a high potash liquid fertiliser once the first fruits start to swell.

      The fruit of pumpkins should be supported above the soil on a piece of tile or glass.

    • You will receive around 80 seeds per packet.

      Packet size 11x17cm. Keep dry and use within a year of purchase.

      All packaging is second-hand and stickers have been made with recycled paper.