Burgess Buttercup Winter Squash

85-100 days. Cucurbita maxima. The gold-standard of Winter Squash, this classic heirloom produces 3- to 5-pound, turban-type blocky fruits with a thin but tough, deep green rind and a distinctive blue-gray button on the blossom end. The flesh is deep orange, smooth and stringless, and richly sweet. The vines sprawl up to 15', but the real estate they consume will be rewarded with up to a dozen large fruits per vine. The fruits store well for months. (OP.)

One packet of about 25 seeds
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There is something extraordinary about the aroma of baking Winter Squash, bubbling with butter and brown sugar. Sun-loving Winter Squash is best direct-sown in well-draining, fertile, 60°F soil, two weeks past the last spring frost date. Plant them with plenty of elbow room since they love to ramble. Squash is simple to grow and transforms easily into nutritious, heart-warming dishes: soups, gratins or sumptuous Thai or Indian curries. Squash requires fertile soil and room to stretch in hot sunshine. Harvest with a sharp blade when skin is hard and the mature coloration appears, leaving some stem. Cure in the sun for ten days or in a dry room for five days. Properly cured Squash, kept cool and dry, keeps all winter long. Bee friendly. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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