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Botanical Name: Cucurbita moschata
Common Name(s): Butternut Squash
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables
Pumpkins, squash, marrows and courgettes (baby marrows) all fall into the same group of easy-to grow, warm-season crops.
Botanical Pronunciation: koo-KER-bih-ta MOSS-kuh-ta
Common Pests and Diseases
Pumpkin fly, aphids. Mildew.
Most varieties should be eaten while young.To test the age and tenderness of a large marrow, push your thumbnail just above the stalk. If the nail slips in easily the marrow is perfect.If it is hard to push the nail in, then the marrow is best discarded.
Pollination may be improved by putting pollen from male flowers into the female ones (female flowers have small fruits behind the flower).
Water well during dry weather and feed with liquid fertilizer every 10 days once the fruits start to swell.
North and South America.
For squash and marrows, sow five to six seeds per basin; thin out the bush varieties to two per station and the trailing varieties to three plants.The trailing types can be trained onto a trellis, with seeds planted 1m apart.
Soil should be rich and well drained.
Five plants should yield enough pumpkins, marrows or squash for a family of five.