Winter Squash – Neck Pumpkin

This forerunner of the modern-day butternut varieties is believed to have originated in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. A very old form of Butternut squash with a large long curving neck. Interior is thick rich sweet yellow-orange flesh with a nutty flavor. Grows well in the southern U.S.A.

ClassificationDays To MaturityFruit SizeWeightSkin ColorHabit
Squash100-120Average 18″ to 30″ long and 3″ to 5″ inches in width, and ending in a 9″ bulb.10 -30#smooth light-Buff/TanVines grow to 6 feet, producing 4-5 squash per plant.
Seed DepthSeeds Per groupSeed SpacingSpace Between HillsDay To GerminationThin To (Plants Per hill)
½ -1″3-43″10-12′7-141-2
SpeciesGenusYear IntroducedHeirloomResistance
CucurbitaMoschataVery Old – Date UnknownYesExcellent resistance to vine borers.
FamilyButternut
UsageEdible – Very good food qualities.
StorageGood keeper
Space SaverPick young and use as summer squash.

Winter Squash – Long Island Cheese

Long Island Cheese (C. Moschata)
Long Island Cheese (C. Moschata)

One of the oldest cultivated moschatas in the U.S.A. Medium-large size and flattened shape and smooth heavily ribbed tanned skin (suggest a wheel of cheese), having a slender woody stem, and deep orange, moderately sweet flesh. Not very prolific but one of our favorite baking varieties. Grows well in the south.

Classification Days
To Maturity
Fruit Size Weight Skin Color Habit Notes
Squash 71-105 Average 8″ to 12″ long and 3″ to 5″ inches in width 6-10 lbs Ribbed, buff/Tan colored Large vines up to 12′, which 2 or 3 fruit per plant. One of the oldest cultivated moschatas in the U.S.A. Medium-large size and flattened shape and smooth heavily ribbed tanned skin (suggest a wheel of cheese), having a slender woody stem, and deep orange, moderately sweet flesh. Not very prolific but one of our favorite baking varieties. Grows well in the south.
Seed Depth Seeds Per group Seed Spacing Space Between Hills Day To Germination Thin To
(Plants Per hill)
½ -1″ 6-8 3″ 10-12′ 10-14 2-3
Species Genus Year Introduced Heirloom Resistance
Cucurbita Moschata 1824 Yes Excellent resistance to vine borers.
Usage Edible – Excellent food qualities
Storage Good Keeper
Space Saver No Suggestions

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