Winter Squash – Hercules Butternut

Hercules Butternut Squash (C. Moschata)
Hercules Butternut Squash (C. Moschata)

 

The Hercules Butternut squash is not entirely consistent in shape, however, the Hercules butternut squash produces some very large squash. The vines are long and very vigorous.  It has a bulbous shape that is remarkably free of crooknecks. The interior is a deep orange color with a firm and fine texture.   

Classification

  • Squash

Days To Maturity

  • 100-105 days

Species

  • Cucurbita

Genus

  • moschata

Fruit Size

  • 18 to 25 inches with a neck which averages 4 inches in diameter.

Weight

  • 2 to 4 pounds

Skin Color

  • Buff / Tan

Habit

  • Vining with 8-10 foot vines

Usage

  • Edible with Good food qualities

Storage

  • Good Keeper

Resistance

  • Demonstrates resistance to mildew and to vine borer.

Heirloom

  • Yes

Planting

Planting guidelines for plant the Hercules butternut squash in well fertilized prepared garden beds.

Seed depth

  • ½ – 1 inch

Seeds per group / hill

  • 6 to eight seeds

Seed spacing

  • 4 inches

Space between hills

  • 4 to 6 feet

Days to germination

  • 7 to 14 days

Thin to (plants per hill)

  •  2 to 3 plants

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