Kitchen Botanicals

Squash, Black Futsu Butternut

ABOUT THE BLACK FUTSU BUTTERNUT SQUASH:

From the family of Cucurbitaceae and botanically classified as Cucurbita moschata, Black Futsu is an heirloom Japanese pumpkin. It has a bump skin that is black-green in color to warm orange. Can be eaten with the skin on and tastes like nuts. Squash is most popular in Asia, but it is increasingly consumed in the United States as well.

TRANSPLANTING YOUR BLACK FUTSU:

  • 3 weeks before the transplanting, you need to sow 2 to 3 seeds per container (2”).
  • 4 to 7 days before the transplanting, the plants must be hardened.
  • Once the frost has passed, you can start the transplanting. Make sure that when you are doing the process, the roots are handled with care.

When you are planting them, there should be 24” to 36” spaces in between rows.

SUN AND WATER PREFERENCE:

Black Futsu definitely needs to have a full sun. When it comes to watering them, it is best to do it regularly. Overwatering your plants is not preferred.

SOME PESTS AND DISEASES TO AVOID:

Here is the list of all common pests that you may encounter while growing your Black Futsu Squash:

  • Squash Bugs. The saliva of the squash bugs is definitely harmful to plants but not to humans. They really do stink when squished.
  • Cucumber Beetles.They are little nasty insects that attack cucumbers and related plants like squash. They carry a disease that can cause your plants to die.
  • Vine Borer. Its larvae can cause so much damage inside your squash plant stem.

These pests can bring diseases (cucurbit diseases) to your plants while growing. To avoid them, make sure that you put soil drainage, the plants receive proper air that they need and give them pest control. Do not be afraid of using sprays to your plants especially if it can remove and control the pests from damaging your plants.

HARVESTING:

The plant usually fruits in 50 to 55 days. Once ready, cut the fruit from the vines. You can either cure it under the sun for 5 to 7 days or indoors by keeping the squash in a proper storage (27 to 29°C).

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

The packet size is 1 mg which contains 10 seeds! Just enough for someone who is starting to plant their own black futsu squash at home. Make sure to grow them properly by following some simple steps we listed here. Do not be afraid of trying which method will work best because it differs per variety.