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Butternut Squash, Winter Squash 'Argonaut'

Cucurbita moschata

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

Butternut (winter)

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:

more than 120 days

Mature Skin Color:

Yellow

Size:

20 to 35 pounds (9 to 16 kg)

Habit:

Vining

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Hybrid

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Manassas, Virginia

Spotsylvania, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 22, 2016, IMBabci2 from Murphy, NC wrote:

I planted 4 seeds each in 2 wheat straw bales in April up here in the mountains of Western NC. its been a very dry summer. I watered the bales daily and fertilized with 10-10-10 monthly. By mid July, 6 vines had run more than 15 ft in every direction and had set 9 very large squash. Three of the squash stunted at the neck and rotted, but 6 have grown huge, all approx. 2 ft long. Its late Sept. (approx 150 days since the seed sprouted) 2 are completely orange, 4 are mostly orange with a bit of green. Our first frost is approx Oct 21 so there's plenty of time to fully ripen.

The vines are quite susceptible to alternaria. Copper sulfate did nothing to stop the spread so I was forced to use Chlorothalonil, Two applications 10 days apart, which stopped the spread.

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Neutral

On Jan 3, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A long straight 20 lb squash from Golden Valley Seed. 13% Brix.

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