Harvesting Butternut Squash - Knowledgebase Question

Newport News, VA
Question by mlathome
July 12, 1999
I see conflicting harvesting info about Butternut Squash, before or after frost. Please clarify specifically for Butternut Squash.


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Answer from NGA
July 12, 1999

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The rule of thumb is to allow winter squash to ripen fully on the vine. Their skin should be hard--difficult to puncture with your fingernail. They can withstand an early cold snap, but should be brought in before a hard freeze, which can damage skin. When you harvest, leave a few inches of the vine attached.

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