Butternuts are notoriously difficult to ripen in cool, northern climates. While a few hybrids pull that off, most open-pollinated varieties on the market are better suited for warm areas with long seasons. So when we stumbled across Butternut Early Remix in the Adaptive Seeds catalog, we were intrigued. Back in 2005, they launched this variety by allowing several early hybrid butternut varieties to cross. They’ve been selecting the resulting population for earliness and a traditional butternut shape ever since. In 2017, we started selecting this variety for even earlier ripening (we’re in the Puget Sound and Adaptive Seeds is in Oregon). The result is a long-storing butternut squash with a diversity of shapes and sizes. Oh yeah, it’s delicious too. Expect fruits between 2 and 5 lbs.
Days to Maturity: 100 days
Latin Name: Cucurbita moschata
Life Cycle: Annual
Direct seed in early May or start indoors 3 weeks before
transplant. Optimal soil temperature for germination is
75-85°. Seeding depth:1/2”. Plant spacing: 24-36”.
Row Spacing: 5-6 ft
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!