Honey Nut is a novel C. moschata/C.maxima cross from a Cornell breeding program that conveys disease resistance into winter squash. The result off this interspecies cross was a very small one pound butternut shaped squash which is sweet and creamy. George Moriarty from Cornell who works with farmers to develop disease resistant varieties for market and farmstead introduced this to the organic farming community and a number of farmers worked to make this even better. We are grateful to Cornell and the good people there, one of the few public funded programs that breed new varieties in the public’s interest and in collaboration with the farming community, and Honey Nut is a good example of their work.
Packet sows 5 hills (20 seeds)
Plant pumpkins in mid to lat May when the soil is warm. Winter Squash like nutrient rich soil and irrigation during drought. Your Winter Squash will mature in September or October.
A hill is simply a cluster of seeds planted together. You can dig a hole with a shovel and prepare the ground by adding compost and an organic non burning fertilizer to the mix and refill he hole and then poke 3-4 seeds each an inch or so apart into the soft soil so they are covered by an inch of soil. Sometime soil is actually mounded a few inches higher than the ground an it is actually a hill. This is done in areas where soil stays wet or it doesn’t drain well. This is not a common condition with our sandy soils. The hills should be 3-4 feet apart. Winter Squash will generally sprawl over the ground, often much more than 4 feet, so plant accordingly.
Winter Squash have good storage potential when protected from hard freezing. They are often decorative and used for their good culinary qualities. C. pepowinter squash like acorn, delicate and dumpling. They will have angular stems. Hubbard, kuri, kabocha and buttercup are C. maxima. They have cylindric corky stems. C. moschata are cheese and butternut squash usually tan colored that have a stem that flares out toward the fruit.
Winter squash are usually harvested when mature. Cut it open and scoop out the seed. In water you can separate the orange strings from the seed. Rinse the seed and dry on newspaper or screen until the seed breaks when bent. C. pepo winter squash will cross with most Halloween Pumpkins as well as summer squash (zucchini) and the C. pepos. C. maximal cross with other maximal. C. moschata cross with other C. moschata. They are insect pollinated so unless you can isolate the pollinating flowers they will cross. Research techniques of hand crossing the flowers if interested.