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PlantFiles: Butternut Squash, Winter Squash
Cucurbita moschata 'Autumn Glow'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Autumn Glow

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Butternut (winter)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Mature Skin Color:

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sterlingblur On Mar 4, 2009, sterlingblur from Vernon, AZ wrote:

I grew this squash up here in Vernon and loved it. It is a beautiful plant and hardy. At least it was for me. I got about 12 squash off of one plant and each one is just the right size to make 2 pumpkin type pies. I wish I knew how to get the picture from my cell phone of this squash and plant on to this site. The plant is really different than any other. The stems are bright yellow and the leaves varigated, The squash do well baked and pureed and frozen. Skin and all as the skin is fairly thin. Does not keep well in the frig tho. Needs to be kept in a cool,dry area. As soon as you see any sign of deterioration, bake them and puree and freeze! Use them just the same as for a pumpkin pie recipe.

Negative nwl On Oct 8, 2008, nwl from Oxford, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Although this cultivar does withstand bugs and disease, growth paused for 2 months when days got longer and hotter. Growth resumed in September, but never bloomed before frost.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 31, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A compact semi-bush type butternut. Fruits are 8 inches, golden in color and mature in 80 days. Plant has varigated leaves.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Queen Creek, Arizona
Vernon, Arizona
Zimmerman, Minnesota

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