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Burgess Buttercup Winter Squash

Burgess Buttercup Winter Squash

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Burgess Buttercup
 Cucurbita maxima

100 days — 'Burgess Buttercup' squash fruit average five to eight inches in diameter, range from three to five pounds each, and have fine-grained flesh that when cured properly, is very sweet. They are shaped like a flattened turban with a blossom end button. Good maritime variety.

Under optimum conditions, these vines can reach fifteen feet and set twenty or more fruit per vine! Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 18 to 20 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Choose a location that has warm, well-drained and fertile soil. Work in plenty of well composted organic matter and mulch established plants to conserve moisture, as squash are heavy water consumers. Sow directly into the garden after threat of frost has passed.

Here in the Maritime Northwest, it is common to plant seeds in hills. The hills are created by mounding up the soil about four to six inches high, twenty-four inches across at the base and flattened on the top. This allows the soil to be better warmed by the sun and provides better protection from heavy rain.

Sow five to six seeds, one inch deep, in hills or rows. Spacing is dependent on plant type. Vining varieties should be spaced on six foot centers while bush-types at twenty-four to thirty inches apart. When seeds germinate, cut off all but the strongest three or four seedlings.

When laying out your garden, remember to consider the growing habits of the varieties that you are planting. Some bush-types are compact while some vining types require a tremendous amount of space. Harvest time will also vary by type. Although the name or description of this variety refers to a modern company's name, the seed we are offering is in no way sourced from, "owned by" or connected with that company. The name is simply the historically accurate, common name for the variety giving credit to the seedsmen that originally released it.