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Butternut Squash. Just for fun I planted three seeds of a Butternut Squash. They all came up and I now have three lovely plants, but I have no idea what I should do with them now. Would I be able to grow them in a large pot. Help please.......




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Vi,ve got the same Cinderella, and I,ll grow them in big pots probably in the gh as my garden is cold and windy, last time I just allowed a couple to grow on each plant, the first I picked too early but the others were fine.....ooh I fed with tomato food

24 May, 2012

 

Squashes are vines so unless you control them they will sprawl, friends had turf stacked last year to rot down and planted squash and courgettes in the top - they all romped away, traditionally squash and the like were grown on the muck heap. A thought were these seeds from a squash you bought or from a packet of seed? If the former they may not be fertile or could produce a different squash to the one you bought.

24 May, 2012

 

Oh thats interesting Pam, so the squash turned out ok then. I think I will probably do the same then.

24 May, 2012

 

MG's right, Cinders - they do sprawl. All over the garden. I did exactly the same as you, saved seeds from a butternut squash, and what came up was the same, but about 4 times the size. We ate an awful lot of soup last winter :-) I'm not sure about growing them in a tub. At least it might keep the size down, though!

24 May, 2012

 

Thanks Moon Grower. Yes they were seed from a squash that I bought last year. Perhaps grown in a pot will keep the size down and I'm not really bothered if they turn out different, so long as they are edible. Just a bit of fun really.

Thanks Gattina, would be nice to have some soup from them, and as I said to MG, will keep them in a pot, I haven't got a compost heap. Probably only keep one and give the others away on thinking about it.

Thanks both for your help

24 May, 2012

 

You will need a very large pot and be prepared to water well... Sorry obviously not clear they weren't grown on the compost heap but the muck heap. They like the heat and they like the feed... Good luck anyway!

24 May, 2012

 

We have a long narrow border edging the grass so i've thrown some weed membrane down and fixed a length of pea and bean netting to our long half log roll fence and whacked one in either end .Will be interesting to see if it works lol

24 May, 2012

 

Look forward to seeing that Susie. Interesting.

24 May, 2012

 

Good luck!

24 May, 2012

 

Thanks MG

24 May, 2012

 

They did sprawl all over a table in the gh, once a couple of flowers had set I thought thst I,d better stop them (they were making a bid for freedom through the window...)
We'll have to compatre notes Cinderella.... :0)

24 May, 2012

 

OMG. We'll have to do that Pam

24 May, 2012

 

We grew them in the greenhouse last year ....never again .Took up a huge amount of space even though we fixed them to a cane structure running along the roof and the two fruits we got became diseased :-( Never again.Raised bed with protection next year if this doesn't work .

24 May, 2012

 

I think it must have been the second photograph I ever put on this site, of one of the pumpkins/squashes we grew from seed, and I noted that it was 25" long. All I do remember is that it weighed an absolute ton, and there's no way any cane structure would have carried it! All this from the seeds of a dear little butternut squash bought at Sainsbury's, that cant have weighed as much as a kilo! Do be careful, Cinderella!

24 May, 2012

 

I agree with Susie about growing them in the greenhouse but it's all a question of containing them by pruning out superfluous runners / shoots as fruit sets.

There are some pictures here how I do it;

http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Squash/Squash.htm

Similarly; this is how I grow them on the compost heap using ring culture.

Note;in this example I am growin pumpkins but you can grow any squash in this manner.

http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Pumpkin/Pumpkin.htm

So I guess pot size doesn't matter if it is bottomless and the roots can get into the underlying soil.

The pots in this case are 10" diameter.

24 May, 2012

 

I will be careful Gattina, I can be quite ruthless sometimes.
Teegee, I will look at your links tomorrow. Have been out this evening and feeling a bit tired now so off to bed. Night night.

24 May, 2012

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