Squash. We have leaves, what now?

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Squash. We have leaves, what now?

Post: #18586 Hepsibah
Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:23 pm

I planted two butternut squash seeds in a pot in the greenhouse a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday there was nothing, today we have two huge leaves from each of them. Since they've been kind enough to sprout, I'd like to do my best for them but I don't have a clue. Can anyone help?
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Post: #18611 Millymollymandy
Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:01 am

Well, planting instructions usually say to place two or three seeds in each pot and then pull out the weaker/smaller ones. I however hate to do that - what waste! You could try gingerly pulling them apart and repotting separately until it's time to plant them outside.

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Post: #18615 shiney
Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:49 am

I'm still waiting for my squash to poke their noses out of the pots. They are outside tho, but under a mini cloche thing.

These guys also pose a space problem for me as I know they are big plants. I'd really like to have some tho. Don't think I can grow these upside down, just imagine that! :shock:
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Post: #18632 Wombat
Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:33 pm

Let 'em grow Hep, until you get the first true leaves then you can prick them out if you want and pot them on or leave them to develop a bit more before planting them out.

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Post: #18841 Cheezy
Mon May 01, 2006 10:00 pm

I'm growing Butternut for the first time as well (and they're up horray!)

My intention is to try and get them to grow up into a wigwham made of bamboo, due to space problems....Am I being totally mental here or what?.
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Post: #18853 Wombat
Tue May 02, 2006 2:23 am

It's worth a go Cheezy! I grow mine - Queensland Blue usuallly but sometimes butternut - over the shed. You will have to tie the vines on most likely and maybe use some cloth or old panyhise tied on to support the fruit, but it is definitely worth a go!

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Post: #18856 Millymollymandy
Tue May 02, 2006 5:49 am

I've got a lot of butternut coming up from the compost!!!

I think supporting butternut growing 'up' will be quite tricky from a wigwam. They do weigh a lot!

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Post: #18905 ina
Tue May 02, 2006 2:12 pm

Maybe I should chuck my seeds on the compost, too... Have planted butternut squash twice, and none of them are coming up. (And yes, they are in the warmest place in my house, close to the heater.) Mind you, they are seeds from shop-bought squash. But they looked perfectly mature to me - so what am I doing wrong?
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Post: #18927 Andy Hamilton
Tue May 02, 2006 7:39 pm

Don't know Ina I have grown from shop bought squash before now. Dave puts the seeds in his mouth for 7 mins before planting them as he says he connects with the plant :dave:

Alternatively you can soak them overnight before planting in some diluted seaweed feed.

I wish I could tell you about growing them on a wigwam the only time I tried was when we got vandals. strangley enough they only went for squashes, pumkins, courgettes and marrows. - I think that one of them must have been wronged by the Cucurbita pepo family. I would go with nev, sounds like it could be done.
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Post: #18931 The Chili Monster
Tue May 02, 2006 8:06 pm

Andy wrote:

I wish I could tell you about growing them on a wigwam the only time I tried was when we got vandals. strangley enough they only went for squashes, pumkins, courgettes and marrows. - I think that one of them must have been wronged by the Cucurbita pepo family.


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Post: #19091 Lucy Robyn
Thu May 04, 2006 11:35 pm

When you first plant them out protect them from slugs. Even a reasonable sized plant can get eaten over night. I usually end up with lots of leaf but not much fruit. Still what I get is worth it. I've read that they can be planted with corn and beans, the three plants grow well together, I've not tried this.

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Post: #19252 Stew
Sat May 06, 2006 5:19 pm

Sarah Raven has a couple of photos of small pumpkins growing up a wigwam in her book, The Great Vegetable Plot.

I've had a quick search to see if I can find a picture on t'net. This is the closest I could find.

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I think I could make a wigwam that would support a butternut but I think it would need some horizontal bracing as well.
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Post: #19778 Stonehead
Fri May 12, 2006 8:59 pm

Wombat wrote:It's worth a go Cheezy! I grow mine - Queensland Blue usuallly but sometimes butternut - over the shed. You will have to tie the vines on most likely and maybe use some cloth or old panyhise tied on to support the fruit, but it is definitely worth a go!

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Ah, Queensland Blue - now there's a good reason to head back to Oz. My favourite pumpkin by a country mile. With all that sugar, they're brilliant for pumpkin pie, pumpkin scones and pumpkin soup.

Now look what you've done - made me come over all nostalgic and hungry! :roll:

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Post: #19797 Wombat
Sat May 13, 2006 3:20 am

Sorry mate! Want me to send you some seeds?

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Post: #19816 kevin m.
Sat May 13, 2006 7:50 am

I'm finding this thread very helpful.
I'd planted five Butternut seeds about ten days ago,along with my usual Cucumbers and Courgettes.
Whilst the latter two romped away within 3-4 days,there was no sign of the Butternuts-until yesterday!
This morning,I have four plants properly emerging complete with seed leaves (hurray!)


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