Black Futsu - Butternut Winter Squash


Regular price $3.50


A beloved Japanese delicacy. Boasts a smooth flesh and fruity flavor at harvest. The fruitiness takes on a nutty depth in storage and is excellent roasted in wedges or battered and fried as tempura. The bumpy skin is an enchanting favorite. A gray to blush skin and a bright orange flesh. Skin is edible, as it is thin. Grows to 2 lb. Long vines. Stores 4–5 months.

Start seed indoors 3-4 weeks before transplanting into the garden. Optimum soil temperature for seed germination is 65-85 degrees. Transplant to the garden 2 to 3 weeks after your average last frost. Or, plant seeds directly in the garden 1-2 weeks after average last frost date. Sow 3-5 seeds per hill, thinning to a final 2-3 plants per hill. Winter squash grow best in a warm site with full sun. Warm soil is essential to good seed germination and emergence. Using transplants can speed production.

Scientific Name: Curcurbita moschata
Days to Maturity: 105
Seed Depth: 1"
Days to Sprout: 7-14
Plant Spacing: 2-5'
Row Spacing: 6-10'
Light Requirements: Sunny
Nutrient Needs: Heavy feeder
Life Cycle: Annual
Frost Tolerance: Very Tender