Squash

Tozer Seeds is the only company actively breeding butternut squash for Northern European production and also trial an extensive amount of winter squash from around the world. The long storage potential for winter squash allows for an extended sales period that can continue from harvest through to spring the following year for some cultivars under the right conditions. Research is currently being carried out to develop earlier fruiting and maturing butternut varieties.

CROP INFORMATION

Sow PeriodMay in modules or direct drilled at 27,500 seeds, thin to 10,000 per hectare
TransplantApprox. 4 weeks from sowing, spacing 1m between plants for most varieties
Suggested Density10,000 per hectare
Harvest PeriodWhen the foliage has died back and the fruits have cured to a good orange colour. Avoid frost damage and foliar diseases
StoreIn a dry, frost free, airy environment. Inspect regularly for storage problems
  • Butternut – Sweetmax F1 TZ 9088

    This is the latest addition to our early maturing butternut range. This processing type has large 3.5 kg fruits with great internal colour and flavour. This traditional shaped butternut grows on a full vine plant and has the potential to produce a large amount of uniform fruits.

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  • Butternut – Hunter F1

    Bred by Tozer Seeds for the Northern European climate. Up to four weeks earlier to harvest than American Hybrids. Fruits average 1 to 1.5kg with a very high level of marketable fruits and a heavy total yield.

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  • Butternut – Harrier F1

    Another variety from our breeding programme. Harrier is the earliest maturing variety available with good yields and attractive fruits. Very well suited to the Northern European climate. Fruits average 800g.

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  • Butternut – Autumn Crown F1

    Autumn Crown produces an abundance of attractive early maturing butternut-coloured scalloped fruits each weighing around 2 kg from reduced vines. The long- storing fruits have a unique ‘sweet melon’ aroma when cut and the flesh is a deep orange with a small seed cavity.

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  • Butternut – Hercules F1

    Larger fruited variety bred for the Northern European climate. Fruits weigh an average of 1.2kg. Hercules is well suited to the catering market where larger fruits are needed. Good internal colouring and strong skin. Compact plant habit compared to US varieties.

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    Butternut – Hornet F1

    Very reliable ‘stocky butternut’ with little waste. Bright orange, wonderfully sweet flesh. Stores well. Approx. 2.2lb in weight.

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    Butternut – Monsoon F1 TZ 9224

    An early maturing variety that will yield around four 4-6 lb fruit per plant

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    Butternut – Osprey F1

    The smallest of our new fast maturing varieties with fruits averaging around 700g. Hawk emerges very quickly, producing a large crop of attractive, uniform, bulbed fruit.

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