Winter Squash

Discus Bush Buttercup Squash

Discus Bush Buttercup Squash

SQ815

C. maxima 90 days. Discus Bush Buttercup is the best full-sized buttercup on the market that is produced on a true bush. The plants are only about 3 feet across and bear up to four 3-pound, dark green/chocolatey fruit each. A great choice for small gardens. These squash have very small seed cavities and are chock-full of thick golden flesh that cooks up moderately dry and oh-so-sweet.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 4-6 seeds per gram.
  • SQ815/S
  • 3 grams
  • $3.95

  • SQ815/P
  • 7 grams
  • $6.85
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
65-85°F5-101-1 1/2"1-2/hill3-4/hill6-10'75%3-4 yearsListed by typeMedium


Cucurbita spp. In the diverse family of squash are true nutritional powerhouses, encompassing a wide array of forms, flavors, colorations, and culinary applications. Squash are rich in the carotenoids necessary for vitamin A production and boast a wide complement of amino acids. While starchy, most of the carbohydrates in the fruit come from special polysaccharides, pectins, which have exhibited strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic, insulin-regulating properties.

Days to maturity are from date of direct seeding. If transplanting, subtract 10 days.

Culture
• Fertile well-drained soil gives best results
• Squash is a warm season crop, avoid planting too early; raised beds and plastic mulch help keep roots warm
• Squash are monoecious (bearing separate male and female flowers on the same plant) and require insect pollination
• Poor fruit set is often the result of inadequate pollination; plant bee attractant flowers

Direct Sowing
• Plant after frost danger when soil warms to 65°F
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Keep soil evenly moist but not wet as too much moisture causes seed to rot
• Bush varieties: sow 3-4 feet apart
• Vining varieties: sow 4-5 feet apart

Transplanting
• Start indoors 3-4 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date in 4 inch pots
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Transplant carefully as to not disturb roots

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Spotted and striped cucumber beetles, vine borers and squash bugs
Insect control: Row covers and/or apply Pyrethrin
• Moschata species are resistant to vine borer
Common diseases: See chart below; diseases vary by region
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and fungicide applications

Harvest & Storage
Summer squash: Harvest regularly when fruits are young to keep plants productive
Winter squash: Leave on vine until fully mature, rinds should be firm
• When winter squash is mature cut stem leaving 2-4 inches remaining, gently wash in sanitizing solution, 10 parts water to 1 part bleach
• For best results move winter squash to a warm dry area 80-90°F to cure; see each type (below) for curing requirements
• Store winter squash at 50-60°F with 50-75% relative humidity with good air circulation

Curing Requirements
Acorn: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
Buttercup: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
Butternut: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
Delicata: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
Hubbard: Cure 10-14 days; Store 1-2 months for best flavor; Will keep 4-6 months
Mini-Hubbard: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months
Spaghetti: Curing not required; Stores 2-3 months

Seeds per gram
Acorn, Butternut, & Delicata: 9-16
Buttercup, Hubbard, & Sweet Meat: 4-6
Green Summer: 8-9
Spaghetti: 4-7
Patty Pan: 7-10
Yellow Summer: 9-13
Zucchini: 5-8

KEY TO SQUASH DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
CMV | Cucumber Mosaic Virus
PM | Powdery Mildew
PRV | Papaya Ringspot Virus
WMV* | Watermelon Mosaic Virus
ZYMV | Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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Rich Flavor
Aug 29, 2016  |  By Bob Morrison
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My 1st time planting these squash and they will become one of my favorites. I especially like the smaller seed cavity and for pies, this one rules at our house.
Meaty and sweet
Jun 21, 2013  |  By CJ
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This variety is a keeper. I planted two different varieties. This one had more flesh and the flesh was smooth (not mealy). I usually stuff buttercups with apples, raisins, cinnamon, and nuts. They seed cavity in this variety was very small and didn't allow for a lot of apples, but the flesh was superior in flavor even to the other buttercup variety.