Variety: Butternut Hunter
Sown indoors: 2nd April 2013
First Seedling: 9th April 2013
Germination: 7 days
These seeds were a Mothers Day gift from Middle Mudlet.
I haven’t grown this variety before but I am treating it much the same way as I do my Cobnuts and, as such, I am planning to grow them up either a fence or a bean support. I have started to tie these seedlings up now, to prevent them falling over which would make it more difficult to then tie them to a stake without sustaining damage to the stem when I plant them out. Now approximately 18 days old:
Now 3 months old the Hunter Squash are starting to develop their flowers. They have been slow to put out their vines due, I feel, to the cool weather we’ve been having.
The Hunters are now 4 months old and despite showing flowers a month ago, most of these have failed to grow and bloom! It really has been a bad year for these in terms of growth and flowers but finally we have both. It may be a bit late in the year for successful pollination but I’m ever the optimist and at lest we have tiny female flowers forming now.
The first female has opened and I have used my paintbrush to hand pollinate this flower, even though there were a large number of pollinators buzzing about: 21st August 2013