Hunter F1 Butternut Squash Plants

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Misc RHS AGM, Edible Fruit / Nuts, Self fertile
Shade Full Sun
Soil Good, Well Drained
Colour Yellow/Gold
Fruiting Indoor, Outdoor
Type Eating, Pot Grown, Seedling

Cucurbita moshata Hunter F1

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Hunter F1 Butternut Squash

Hunter is the ideal butternut variety for growing in our unreliable UK climate. And to prove it, it holds that much-revered RHS Award of Garden Merit, a testament to its dependability and great flavour. Hunter has been bred specially to thrive in our cooler weather and give earlier crops – 12-14 weeks from sowing. One plant will give you around 6-7 fruits, each one weighing around 1kg, which store well in a cool, dry place a good number of weeks. Certainly to see you through winter. They're delicious, too, whether you roast the flesh with olive oil and garlic and toss through salads, steam, purée and use it to fill ravioli, blitz to a soup, mash with potatoes or fry and stir through pasta or risotto. Check out the rest of our vegetable range to complete your kitchen garden planting scheme.

Great in your garden

Squash thrive in full sun in rich, moisture-retentive soil. This means plenty of organic matter dug in before planting. Plenty. In practice, it's best to dig a hole about 30cm x 30cm and fill it with well-rotted manure or compost. Then plant into that, mounding the soil up around the plant to help with drainage. A really big pot would do, too, as would the top of a large compost heap.

Plant out your squash once danger of frosts has passed, so late May or June, then just make sure they are kept well watered, always directly to the root of the plant. Remove any weeds regularly and you'll have fruits to harvest 12-14 weeks later, each one weighing around 1kg. You'll know when they're ready to harvest when the skin has hardened and the stem is about 5cm long.

Space is another thing that's crucial for squash, so you'll need a decent sized vegetable patch where each plant can spread to around 1.2m.


  • Type: butternut squash
  • Notable feature: reliable in UK climate
  • Colour: deep orange flesh and tan skin
  • Taste/texture: sweet and firm
  • Outdoor ripening: Aug-Sep
  • Height: 30cm
  • Spread: 120cm
  • Spacing: 120cm
  • Position: Needs full sun
  • Soil: rich and moisture retentive
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Squash facts

The Cucurbita genus, of which squash is a member, contains five species of edible squash, pumpkin and gourd. Evidence of their cultivation can be traced back over 8,000 years, to areas from southern Canada to Chile.

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