British bred. The highest yielding butternut in the Wisley trial. Very early to ‘set and ripen fruits, approx 95 days from sowing. Bushy plants with an open habit to allow the sun to penetrate and ripen the fruits naturally on the plant for increased sweetness. Longer pear shaped tan coloured fruits have a small seed cavity and weigh 800g – 1kg( 1 ¾ lb to 2 ¼ lbs), average 5 – 6 fruits per plant. Long storage potential.
How to sow
Sow seed 2cm (3/4in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) pots of good seed compost at 21-25C (70-77F). Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag until after germination which takes 7-10 days. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed. Do not sow in cold soils. Sow 2 seeds every 90cm (36in) and thin out to the best seedling. Ideally grow under cloches until the plant is established.
How to grow
Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost has passed, 90cm (36in) apart each way. Keep well watered throughout the season. Feed and mulch regularly.
- Harvesting period: Harvest August onwards. Harvest and store before heavy frosts.
- Pack contents (approx.): 10 seeds