With its long shelf life, sweet tasting flesh, and beautiful orange color, butternut squash is arguably one of the best winter squashes to choose from. Because of all its great qualities, many choose to grow it in their garden every year. However, many gardeners have difficulty determining just how many butternut squash they can expect from each plant.
So how many butternut squash can you expect per plant? A butternut squash plant will typically yield around 3 to 6 butternut squash per plant. Squash plants that are healthier as well as larger in size however, can expect a yield of 10 or more butternut squash from a single plant.
The amount of butternut squash a given plant will produce will depend on many different factors. Such factors include the variety, size and overall health of the plant. Therefore it’s important to take said factors into consideration when determining how many butternut squash your plant will produce.
How Many Butternut Squash can you expect from One Plant?
Not all squash plants are equal. Some butternut squash plants are small and only produce a few butternut squash. On the other hand, large plants with several vines can produce a dozen butternut squash or more. Generally speaking, the larger the squash plant, the more butternut squash you can expect.
If you want a high yield of butternut squash, you will need a healthy squash plant with plenty of long, vigorous vines. The more vines, leaves and flowers your butternut squash plant has, the more opportunities for butternut squash to form.
Getting the Most out of your Butternut Squash Plant:
As stated earlier, the larger and healthier a squash plant is, the more butternut squash it will produce. Having said that, there are several different ways you can optimize your squash plant to produce the maximum yield possible from one plant.
The vines of a squash plant will quickly spread out and take up space in the garden as it grows. Therefore, ensuring enough space for your butternut squash plants is essential in maximizing your butternut squash yield. So how much space does a butternut squash plant need? Butternut squash should be spaced 3 to 4 feet apart from each other with rows being 8 to 10 feet apart.
While butternut squash plants may take up a significant amount of space in the garden, they can however be grown on trellises in order to save space. A sturdy trellis that is around 6 feet in height should be sufficient in supporting the numerous butternut squash that will eventually develop and hang down from the vines.
Fertilizing your Butternut Squash Plants: