Winner Type: National
Variety Name: Butterscotch F1
Common Name: Butternut squash
Type: Edible – Vegetable
Breeder: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Close Market Comparison: Early Butternut, Metro
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm season
Staking Required: No
Foliage Color: Green
Plant Habit: Compact
Fruit Color (Harvest): Tan
Fruit Shape: Butternut with straight neck
Fruit Size: 6 inches long, 3 inches wide
Fruit Weight: 1.25 pounds
Fruit Flavor Description: Uncommonly sweet, with nutty undertones and lightly starchy texture
Number Of Fruits Per Plant: 4 or more
Garden Spacing: 5-6 square feet per plant
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 100
Days To Harvest (Transplant): 85
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Disease Resistances or Tolerances: Powdery mildew
Transplant: Sow 1-2 seeds in 1.5-2 inch cell-type containers or pots, and thin to 1-2 plants/cell with scissors. Harden plants 4-7 days by reducing fertilizer, water, and temperature, moving flats outside if there is no frost danger. Transplant after frost danger, earlier only if plants are to be covered with floating row covers, about 18 inches apart. Take care not to disturb roots!
Direct seed: Sow in late spring when soil is at least 70°F (21°C) and weather settled after all frost danger. Sow 2 seeds/foot, 1 inch deep, in rows 3 feet apart. Thin plants 24 inches apart in the row.
Harvest: When stems are drying, fruits have mature color, and skin is hardening, cut stems about 1 inch from the fruits. Handle fruits very carefully. 1 or 2 light frosts are tolerable, but a hard frost or repeated light frosts will damage fruits.
Curing: To dry and toughen skins, expose fruits to the sun for 5-10 days, covering at night when frost is expected. To cure indoors, expose squash to 80-90°F (27-32°C) with ventilation for 3-5 days.
Storage: Store at 50-55°F (10-13°C) with 50-75% humidity and good air circulation.
Diseases and pests: At time of planting, cover with row cover to protect from insect pests. Control cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and vine borers with azadirachtin or pyrethrin. Control of cucumber beetles early in the season is important, as the insects spread bacterial wilt disease. Prevent disease with crop rotation and good sanitation.