Large winter squash with a mild, sweet flavor
Days to Maturity: 110
Comparable to Butternut Supreme, Big Chief, a winter butternut squash, is grown as a fruit vegetable, producing large fruit, weighing 4 to 5 pounds, with golden orange flesh having a mild, sweet flavor. A good source of vitamin A.
This herbaceous annual is a member of the cucurbit (Cucurbitaceae) family. It grows vigorously as a creeping vine that trails along the ground or climbs by tendrils. Easily grown from seed, it prefers full sun and fertile, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained loams with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8. It is resistant to powdery mildew.
A warm-season vegetable, sensitive to cold temperatures and frost, it can be direct sown into warm spring soil after all danger of frost has passed, but it can also be started indoors about 3 weeks before transplanting. Flowers begin to set fruit with day temperatures between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit and night temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Protect plants if temperatures are expected to dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Mulching helps to moderate soil temperature and to maintain soil moisture. Row covers offer added protection from heavy frost.
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(P)Pkt of 20 seeds
Variety:Big Chief F1
Item Form:(P)?Pkt of 20 seeds
Days to Maturity:110
Seeds Per Pack:20
Additional Characteristics:Easy Care Plants,?Edible
Foliage Color:Medium Green
Harvest Season:Early Fall,?Late Summer,?Mid Fall,?Mid Summer
Light Requirements:Full Sun
Moisture Requirements:Moist,? well-drained
Soil Tolerance:Normal,? loamy