The Q&A Archives: Harvesting Butternut Squash

Question: I am new to gardening and I planted my first squash plant this year. I planted Burpee's Butterbush Squash. I have one fruit that is already about 8 or so inches long and is yellowish in color, how do I know when it is ready to harvest? Thanks for your help! Melinda Getz Key Largo, FL

Answer: Butternut Squash is considered a winter variety and it is only ripe at full maturity. They are mature when the squash has turned a full tan color and the vines have died. The stem to the squash will be hard and dry. For storage leave about 2" of stem on the squash. They taste best stored for a few weeks first.

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