An heirloom winter squash introduced in 1932 by the Burgess Seed and Plant Company. This strain of buttercup is known for its thin, hard rind and thick, fine-grained flesh. The flavor is extremely sweet and rich. Excellent baked or in soups. This variety is considered a medium-length storage squash. It can be susceptible to squash vine borers, so take precautions like rotating your squash plantings in your garden from season to season. This is always a good idea for all annual crops. Covering your squash plants with a floating row cover early in the season will help to control vine borers. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1″ deep in hills, 4′-6′ apart.. I usually plant six seeds to a hill and thin to three plants. You can also start squash indoors 3 weeks before planting in your garden. Harvest your squash when the vines die back or when frost threatens. I cut my winter squash free from the plant 2 weeks before the average first frost date (that’s around October 15th in Northern Indiana) and allow the fruits to cure in the field for two weeks before bringing indoors. Be sure to leave an inch of stem on the fruit otherwise they will quickly spoil. I finish curing the squash in a warm (70 to 80 degree) area for 2 weeks before storing for winter.
Seed Saving: There are four species of squash/pumpkins. Varieties within the same species will readily cross-pollinate. To save seed from varieties within the same species you need to isolate 1/8th mile for home use or 1/4 to 1 mile for pure seed. A good solution is to grow varieties from different species, eliminating the need for isolation.
- Burgess Buttercup Squash
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