Butternut Squash, Winter Squash 'Greek Sweet Red'

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: Greek Sweet Red
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Butternut (winter)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Mature Skin Color:




2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)

4 to 6 pounds (2 to 3 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Thousand Oaks, California

Cosby, Tennessee

Concord, Virginia

Willis Wharf, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 2, 2014, MsSassyplants from Cosby, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I would like to echo the comments that this squash is remarkably pest and disease resistant, and vigorous. I didnt have a lot of trouble directing the vines, however, they were obedient.

The vines set lots of quite large fruit, much larger than most butternuts I have had, and with a rounder seed cavity than many butternuts.

The flesh was deep orange and very good tasting and sweet, and, unexpected for me, it was kind of "spaghetti squash" like in texture, not dry and grainy like a hubbard. It was delicious though, and I am not sure (as this was my first year growing) if it always has that texture, or if it is because I grew it right next to spaghetti squash.

Anyway, it is a marvelous squash, easy, dependable, and I will certainly be gro... read more


On Dec 24, 2010, Summerhawk from Eastern Shore of Virginia, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the best winter squash that I have ever grown. It deserves to be planted in more garden. I save seed and share it with new people every year. Everyone that grows it is amazed by how well it performs. The vines are strong. Very resistant to insects and not much to note in the way of problems. Sorry to hear about the guy who did not have any luck the first year he tried it. Sometimes the odds are not in your favor. I think that we all could agree that each year our gardening experiences and outcomes are different. Overall I have nothing but good news to share about this wonderful heirloom variety offered by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. The squash are late to set fruit but when they do they are amazing! These vines really pump them out! Some of them get huge! They are very beautiful. T... read more


On Nov 17, 2008, ahaddock from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

At first we didn't think this plant was going to set squash, but then boom, it did, although we still only got about 7 squash. Very rich butternut squash taste.


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

Every plant of this cultivar died from disease (probably bacterial) in the early summer.


On Aug 28, 2006, haynesworld from Concord, VA wrote:

This squash is amazing! It is a garden gorrilla, I have had to redirect vines to keep them in check... the vines root themselves with powerful root systems all along the path of which they grow. While the other varieties of winter and summer squash battled squash bugs the greek red butternut seemed to repell them... Talk about productive!!! Big, beautiful green squash mature with nice gold skin. Everyday when I enter the garden new squash are discovered growing on the vines. They grow at astonishing rates reaching full size in 3-4 days, couple weeks to mature...
I can only imagine what this squash would do in top notch soil... please join me in growing this rare and in danger variety... I am saving pure seed for sharing with friends and myself...
This is without a doubt,... read more


On Jan 25, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The long-necked, reddish-tan fruit are filled with sweet, deep-orange flesh that's richly flavored. Attractive, large vines are highly productive. It was very resistant to squash beetles, too! This variety is super rare and I believe we are the only source.