A popular winter storage squash of
excellent quality. A prolific, easy to grow, delicious butternut with improved
fruit uniformity and increased yields. Interior is thick rich sweet
yellow-orange flesh with a nutty flavor. A 1970 All-America Selection
(AAS) seed-industry award winner. Grows well in the southern U.S.A.
Days To Maturity
8” to 12″ long and 3” to 5” inches in width
grow to 6 feet, producing 4-5 squash per plant.
When deciding what Squash and, or Pumpkins to grow in your family’s garden consider:
Growing types that your family eats regularly, there is no point in growing something that may go waste. Especially, when you consider the time, water, and garden space used to produce your squash and, or pumpkins.
How you use the squash if you want a few squashes and/or pumpkins to eat or to be used to as a decoration. Then, perhaps growing a variety that grows to a 1,000 pound might not be the best choice.
How you intend to grow your squash or pumpkins. If you have limited space you may want to consider bush types, which use less space, perhaps some of the smaller varieties that can be grown vertically on trellises or incorporated into the landscaping of your home.
Your garden site, for example, does it have deep soil or should consider raised beds.
The pests and diseases common to your area and buy resistant varieties, if available.
The length of your growing season. If you live in a short season area purchasing an early producing variety, may improve your success.
There two basic approaches to growing winter Squash and pumpkins, growing for fruit volume or growing for fruit size. Both approaches required good plant culture practice but use different strategies.
Growing for Fruit Volume
Growing for fruit volume is most frequently associated with growing for food and dry storage. While large fruit is not necessarily a bad thing, growing a larger volume of small fruit has its advantages. Among these advantages are:
Smaller fruit tends to be more one meal size and, therefore, means fewer leftovers to store or serve later from each fruit.
Fruit can be prepared or canned in small sets.
A smaller scale of lose when fruit goes bad during storage.
To grow for fruit volume, you need only to follow a few simple steps:
Choose a hardy vigorous squash know for volume fruit production.
Choose disease and pest resistant varieties.
Choose varieties with growth season requirements (e.g. 90 days, 100 days, 120 days) that are well within your growing season.
Use succession planting. In areas with a long growing season, plant more than one crop of shorter seasoned fruit. In some areas a summer and autumn crop is possible. Especially, if the early crop is started indoors to get a jump on the season. Additionally, planting crops in session rather than all at once for the small garden can provide an opportunity to withstand a partial crop loss from pests of disease.
Leave all fruit on the vine
Once the vine has set fruit to allow the vine to grow a foot or so past the fruit then cut off the endmost portion of the vine. This pruning process should cause the vine to spread (vine) laterally from the original vine. The lateral vines should set fruit as well. This also has the added advantage of creating a more compact squash patch.
Growing for Size
Growing for size is most commonly associated with competition growing. To achieve maximum size:
Chose a fruit with the genetic capacity to achieve the size desired, while good plant culture will add to fruit size, having the genetic ability to obtain larger sizes gives a significant head start.
Grow one fruit per vine. Be sure to wait until you have confirmed that the fruit has been pollinated and has started to grow prior to removing other fruit.
Pay attention to fruit position on the vine. As a general rule fruit will grow larger farther out on long vines, assuming that the vines have been permitted to root at leaf joints.
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
Days To Maturity
18 to 25 inches with a neck which averages 4 inches in diameter.
2 to 4 pounds
Buff / Tan
Vining with 8-10 foot vines
Edible with Good food qualities
Demonstrates resistance to mildew and to vine borer.
Planting guidelines for plant the Hercules butternut squash in
well fertilized prepared garden beds.
Also, known as Oriental pumpkin it has the appearance of a small pumpkin in shape and color. The meat inside is pale yellow in color and limited in volume, but it provides a flavorful meal when cooked. This squash is best when baked whole without removing the seeds.
Seeds Per group
Space Between Hills
Day To Germination
Thin To (Plants Per hill)
1/2 – 1″
6 – 8
4 – 6′
7 – 14
1978 in US
Edible – Excellent food qualities.
Can be planted in your landscaping or in a very large pot.