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CUCURBITA maxima 'Burgess Buttercup'
Burgess Buttercup Squash, Winter Squash
Winter squash 'Burgess Buttercup' bears squat, rounded turban-shaped fruit with hard, dark green rinds marked with pale ribbing. A heavy producer, it may yield up to 20 volleyball-sized fruits per plant. The smooth, semi-dry, bright golden yellow to orange flesh has outstanding flavor, and is great for soups and roasting. Fruits ripen approximately 90 to 100 days from sowing.
Originating from tropical South America, winter squash have been cultivated since ancient times by Native Americans. These warm season, annual vines produce large, golden yellow, trumpet-shaped blossoms, and both male and female flowers appear on the same plant. The male flowers appear first, followed by the female flowers, which have distinctive bulbous ovaries at their bases, and are pollinated by bees. These develop into fruits after pollination, and are often masked by the plant’s huge, bristly, lobed foliage.
Sow winter squash seeds directly into mounds of rich, light, well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed. Full sun is required for successful flowering and fruiting. To reduce the risk of fungal problems, avoid unnecessary wetting of vine stems and leaves. Also monitor for stem borers, leaf bugs and beetles. As fruits mature in autumn, deer, larger birds and rodents may browse them, so protect as needed. Harvest before heavy frosts when fruit color is solid, rinds firm and the vines begin to die. Cut fruit from the stem, leaving a short “handle”, and take care not to cut or bruise them. Store in a cool, dry location, leaving space for air circulation to discourage the spread of mold.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
Green, Light Green
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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