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Old 07-25-2008, 09:56 AM - Thread Starter
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ready to pick? I planted some butternut squash and my plant is loaded with squash, how will I know the right time to pick them.
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What zone? I'm in 5, and I didn't pick last year until they were a nice even orangey color, late August/early September.

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They should change color and depending on the type get a yellow to orange rind color. And the stripes become less noticable
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Usually after the first frost. When the plant stops producing and starts to die back stop watering. The last two years my butternuts got too much water at the end and started splitting. It was kind of hard not to water them though when there were other plants in that row using the same irrigation, but if your watering by hand then you shouldn't have that problem. Just stop watering like for pumpkins. In my case I will just plug thier irrigation line. HTH

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Forgot to say that I think that I read somewhere if you wait to pick until after the first frost they are sweeter.

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I was a little bit worried about the splitting or getting moldy because we have had so much rain this summer.

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Well, really what you need to worry about is those darn squirrels! That was my biggest problem last year. Am still thinking about making little chickenwire cages for each squash. Am worried this makes me sound insane.

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I came on here to post the same question.....I'm in a hot area zone 8/9ish so if I wait till the first frost I'll be waiting years it rare to get frost in this microclimate. I have some spaghetti squash that was bright yellow already for 2 week so I picked those, let them cure a few days outside and brought them in. I havent yet cooked them to see if they are indeed ready yet.

I have a bunch of butternut squash already a nice dark tan color ( oh how I want some roasted squash) but I'm not sure if its OK to just leave them on the vine or if I need to start pikcing or they'll rot?

I planted these vines back in Early April, so theres alot of squash that looks ready along with a bunch of new flowers still.
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I was a little bit worried about the splitting or getting moldy because we have had so much rain this summer.

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I always don't think about how other climates get rain during the summer months. We don't get any rain at all, if we do it barely does anything, but wet the ground a little. So yeah, I would pick them if it is going to rain.

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I came on here to post the same question.....I'm in a hot area zone 8/9ish so if I wait till the first frost I'll be waiting years it rare to get frost in this microclimate. I have some spaghetti squash that was bright yellow already for 2 week so I picked those, let them cure a few days outside and brought them in. I havent yet cooked them to see if they are indeed ready yet.

I have a bunch of butternut squash already a nice dark tan color ( oh how I want some roasted squash) but I'm not sure if its OK to just leave them on the vine or if I need to start pikcing or they'll rot?

I planted these vines back in Early April, so theres alot of squash that looks ready along with a bunch of new flowers still.
Yes, and some places it doesn't get frost. As long as it isn't raining you don't need to pick them. Keep them on the vine as long as possible unless they are getting wet when you water. They are fine on the vine just like pumpkins.

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