Can you plant seeds from butternut squash?
Sowing Squash Seeds and Transplanting. Butternut squash seeds will only germinate in warm soil, so it's best to plant through summer. Thus, if your season is a bit short, you can start the seeds indoors and direct them outside once the weather warms up.
Once the seeds are absolutely dry, store them in a glass jar or envelope. Clearly label the container with the variety of squash and the date. Place the container in the freezer for two days to kill off any residual pests and then store in a cool, dry area; the refrigerator is ideal.
- Wash the seeds to remove any flesh and strings. Cure the seeds by laying them out in a single layer on a paper towel to dry. Store them this way in a place that is dry and out of direct sunlight. Once thoroughly dried, in 3 to 7 days, store them in an envelope in a cool dry place with the rest of your seed supply.
- Spaghetti squash is named for the way the flesh forms long spaghetti-like strands when cooked. Technically a winter squash, the plant needs warm summer days to grow and fruit. The squash remains on the plant well into the fall, developing a thick rind that helps keep it fresh through the winter.
- Fungal Diseases. Disease can also cause your squash plants to turn brown or dry up. Powdery mildew, Alternaria leaf blight and angular leaf spot all cause leaves to brown and become dry. Otherwise, remove infected plants and destroy them away from the garden.
Place the rinsed seeds on a dry paper towel. Make sure they are spaced out; otherwise, the seeds will stick to one another. Place in a cool dry spot for one week. Once the seeds are dry, store pumpkin seed for planting in an envelope.
- Step by step instructions to maximize seed germination:
- File the edges of the seed lightly with a nail file or a piece of sandpaper.
- Soak the seeds in warm (not hot) water for at least two hours.
- Fill six inch peat pots with soil.
- Plant the seed in the pot, 1"-2" deep.
- Place the seed on it's side.
- Water thoroughly.
- Planting to Harvest. What many people don't realize about pumpkins is that the small varieties take the same amount of time after planting before they are ready for harvest as the massive pumpkins that weigh over 100 pounds. Pumpkins need between 90 and 120 days after planting the seeds before harvest time.
- Pumpkins do best when the seeds are planted directly in the ground. If your growing season is very short, seed indoors in peat pots about 2 to 4 weeks before last spring frost. Be sure to harden off before transplanting. Wait until the plant soil is 70ºF or more before sowing seeds.
Pour off the liquid, rinse the seeds and spread them out to dry on paper towels. Saving pepper seeds is even easier. Allow some fruits to stay on the plants until they become fully ripe and start to wrinkle. Remove the seeds from the peppers and spread them out to dry.
- For fleshy vegetables such as tomatoes, squash and melons, pick them when they are fully ripe. Scoop out their seeds and spread them to dry in a well-ventilated place. Beans and peas need to be left on the vine until the pods are dry and crackly. Corn should also be left to dry on the stalk until the kernels dent.
- Place the rinsed seeds on a dry paper towel. Make sure they are spaced out; otherwise, the seeds will stick to one another. Place in a cool dry spot for one week. Once the seeds are dry, store pumpkin seed for planting in an envelope.
- Allow the zucchini to continue growing on the plant until the fruits become large and the skin hardens. Pick the zucchini when you can dent its skin with a fingernail. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise with a clean knife. Scoop the seeds and pulp from the center of the zucchini with a spoon.
Updated: 2nd October 2019