How to Grow Butternut in Zimbabwe

Fertile soils with adequate drainage are ideal as butternut is quite sensitive to oxygen deficiency in the soils. The ideal soils are sandy loams or silty loams which warm up rapidly. Water requirement is very high but high humidity encourages leaf disease and may affect flower production.

Production seasonBest grown in summer between August and March.
Area to plant1ha/10 000m2 (100mx100m)1000m2 (20mx50m)100m2 (10mx10m)
Seed required2 kg-4 kg200g-400g20g-40g
Plant population10 000-15 0001 000-1 500100-150
Plant spacing in the row50cm-70cm
Spacing between rows120cm to 150cm
Compound D Fertilizer kg/ha400-600 40-60 4-6
AN Top dressing kg/ha200202
Manure kg/ha10 000-15 000 1 000-1 500100-250
Days to Harvest60 to 120 days depending on the variety
Harvest duration30 days
Aphids, Pumpkin Fly are common pests and Powdery Mildew, Anthracnose is some of the diseases. For their control see various chemical label application options.
IrrigationAn overhead, Pivot is a suitable method. Ensure the soil is moist at all times.
Post-harvest handlingHeads are cut and harvested individually
Normal packagingHeads/PocketsHeads/PocketsHeads/Pockets
Estimated Yield (kg/ha)20 000 -30 0002 000-3000200-300

What is the best time to grow butternut in Zimbabwe?

Best grown in summer between August and March. Aphids, Pumpkin Fly are the common pests and Powdery Mildew, Anthracnose is some of the diseases.

Which month is good for planting butternut?

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Butternuts are planted throughout the year, but the best prices are realised from August to October. This is when supply is low, as many of the other planting regions experience frost and therefore cannot produce a winter crop.

How long does butternut take to mature?

about 110 days

Butternut squash has a long growing season of about 110 days.

How many butternuts can one plant produce?

how many squashes do you get per plant? For butternut squash, you can expect 5 or 6 fruits per plant through the growing season, for some larger squash and pumpkins you may only get 2 to 4.