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Pumpkin "Batternat" is a fairly common variety in central Russia, where this vegetable crop is grown most often in seedlings. The pulp can be used both raw in the preparation of salads, and for heat treatment, including baking, boiling, stewing, frying. This variety can also be steamed and grilled.
For many vegetable growers, the Butternut squash is known as the nut squash, due to the corresponding taste of the pulp. The variety description implies a small number of seeds. Pumpkin "Batternat" refers to winter varieties and is very well stored for a long time.
The Israeli variety was obtained by crossing a nutmeg pumpkin with a wild African look. The shape of the fruit is very unusual, attractive, pear-shaped. The mass of fully ripened fruits can reach 1−1.2 kg. Thick yellow-orange peel covers the flesh of an oily appearance. The pulp is characterized by a pleasant taste and a slight aftertaste of nutmeg. Seed is located in the expanded part of the fetus.
"Butternut" refers to early ripening varieties, so the period from planting plants in open ground to the harvesting stage takes about three months. The main care measures are weeding, periodic hilling and regular loosening of the soil. The correct application of fertilizer twice a month is very important. At the flowering stage, it is best to apply potash fertilizers.
The plant needs abundant watering. In addition, it is necessary to pinch the lashes in the region of the second leaf in the area after the ovary. A good result is obtained by artificial pollination.
Pumpkin "Butternut": useful properties
Watering and mulching
When growing pumpkins of the "Batternat" variety, irrigation, which is recommended to combine with loosening and weeding ridges of open ground, is of particular importance. It is very important to maintain optimal soil looseness and prevent the formation of soil crust, which disrupts the penetration of moisture and air to the root system of the plant.
After the appearance of female flowers on the plants and the formation of fruit ovaries, watering should be carried out at least three times a month. Starting in August, it is recommended to reduce the watering of a vegetable crop, which will allow the formed fruits to accumulate sugar content and form the most durable bark, which can easily withstand storage in the winter. About three weeks before harvesting, you need to completely stop watering.
As a very effective measure for caring for pumpkins of this variety, it is desirable to mulch the soil between plants. For this purpose, you can use sawdust, building sand, hay or straw. In the process of the second cultivation, which is carried out about a month after the emergence of mass seedlings, it is necessary to remove all weed vegetation, and also carefully spread the growing pumpkin lashes.
Pumpkin of foreign selection under the name "Butternat" needs competent fertilizer application at all stages of the development of a vegetable crop. Fertilizing is very important to combine with irrigation activities. The main feeding is carried out at the stage of the first hilling of a vegetable crop, and further fertilizing is carried out during the flowering of the plant and with the mass formation of ovaries.
Mineral fertilizers should be applied very carefully to feed the pumpkin. Such top dressing must be alternated with organics. The enrichment of the soil with wood ash, as well as herbal, including nettle, infusions, shows very good results.
Reviews and advice for vegetable growers
The best butternut pumpkin crop can be obtained when grown after legumes or cruciferous plants. As a rule, experienced vegetable growers during the entire growing season carry out two dressings of a vegetable crop of this variety. The first fertilizer application is important in the two-leaf phase, after preliminary weeding. The second top dressing is necessary for the Butternut pumpkin in the phase of four true leaves.
Reviews of both experienced vegetable growers and beginning gardeners about this variety are most often positive. The benefits of the foreign butternut pumpkin variety include good pollination rates, an abundance of ovaries and an attractive fruit shape. In addition, the flesh of this variety has excellent taste.
How to plant a pumpkin
However, in order to obtain stable and high yields in the conditions of home gardening, it is very important to timely remove wilted flowers, which often provoke rotting of cuttings, stem parts of vegetables and fruits. It is also recommended to use a technique such as rationing plants with ovaries when growing pumpkins.