Squash Butternut Hunter F1. Bred specifically for the UK / Northern European climate this variety delivers outstanding crops over a variety of UK summer conditions. Up to 4 weeks earlier than American hybrids with fruits averaging 1kg with very high yields per plant. A sunny spot protected from strong winds is essential. Sow indoors, March-May for surest results, 1.5cm (1/2in) deep, on edge, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 90cm (3ft) apart, into well-drained, fertile soil, when frosts are over. Or, sow outdoors, during May for ease, where they are to crop, 1.5cm (1/2in) deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained, fertile soil, which has already been watered. Allow 90cm (3ft) between sowing positions. Sow two seeds on edge per position. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Thin to leave the stronger plant. Water well until plants are established. Harvest: September-October.