Honeynut Winter Squash Seeds


This packet sows up to 4 mounds.
3.9230769230769 out of 5 stars
(13 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
A renowned farm-to-table chef and a Cornell breeder worked for 6 years, crossing the flavorful, savory butternut with the sweet buttercup, to create this more manageable, 4"–5" butternut. The thin, edible skin signals ripeness by turning from green to terracotta, either on or off the plant. Compact vines are great for containers or trellises. Plants are resistant to powdery mildew and squash vine borers. Stores up to 6 months.
$4.29 10 seeds

Botanical Name: Cucurbita moschata

Days to Maturity: 110 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Northern Columbia

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" vine

Variety Information: 4"–5" fruits start out green with orange mottling, ripening to a pale terracotta. As a combination of butternut and buttercup types, 'Honeynut' is very sweet with very smooth-textured flesh.

Type: Butternut

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–85°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots sensitive to disturbance; sow in 4" biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 4'–6'

Thinning: When 3" leaves, thin to 1–2 per mound

Harvesting: Harvest when the squash's rind is hard enough that you can't dent it with your fingernail and before first frost. Cut stem, (don't break it off) leaving 2" of stem attached, which keeps the squash whole, leaving no opening for infection. Though fruits are hard and may seem indestructible, treat them gently; bruising can spoil squash.

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Honeynut Winter Squash Seeds Reviews

13 reviews


5 out of 5 stars Dec 30, 2019
A delicious little squash, truly a single serving. A mini butternut but richer in color and flavor. Roasted with a little oil, salt and pepper is all it needs. It's terra-cotta color let's you know it's ready to harvest. The vines are short and productive. I will definitely be growing the Honeynut again.
Angel from CO

Beautiful Plant and Tasty Fruit

5 out of 5 stars Jul 17, 2020
This is a pleasure to add to the garden. The lush green leaves add excellent ground cover and visual appeal to my garden and this is a heavier producer than I expected. Fruit is very tasty - like butternut squash, but a sweeter and richer taste. Highly recommend - this would even work in a somewhat smaller garden (compared to other winter squash varieties).
Katelyn Huffine from OK

My wife says these are

4 out of 5 stars Oct 5, 2020
Interesting squash, prolific but a little smaller than should have been probably because grown in containers. Love the color change which indicates maturity. Seed package did not have many seeds and the first pot of 3 did not survive. However the later grown plants did very well and we picked over a dozen about 3-4 inches long. Can't wait to try them!
Jeff Marino from CT

cute, but not productive

3 out of 5 stars Nov 28, 2020
I planted 2 plants and ended up with 2 squash. We did have a weird weather year, which may have been part of it. However, I had 3 large, 4 small, and a multitude of tiny butternuts from the regular butternut squash I planted in this area the previous year. Overall a disappointment. :(
Christina Goodwin from CO
Owner Response: Hi Christina, We are sorry you didn't get more squash off of these plants. In good conditions, you can expect 5 or maybe more per plant. There are a few reasons squash can underproduce. We mainly hear of pollination issues. While many common, fruit-bearing crops like peppers or tomatoes are self-pollinating and don't require pollinators, squash, melons, cucumbers, and other cucurbits are dependant on them. Squash flowers need to be visited about 4 times to be pollinated and produce fruit otherwise, the flowers will fall off or a tiny fruit will shrivel off the plant. European honeybees don't do as good of a job as native bees so even if you see bees from time to time in the garden they may not be the workhorses that evolved with squash and pollinate thoroughly. it is such a common issue we added an article and video on hand-pollination that you can find in the learn more tab of this product page. Another reason can be soil nutrients. Over time soil becomes depleted or amending soil can create an imbalance. For example, highly nitrogenated soils promote lush greenery but at the expense of fruit and flower production. A soil test is a quick, easy way to understand your soil and what amendments it may need. Moisture is another factor. Once a seed germinates its success is dependant on environmental factors like the above. I happen to live in the same city as you and harvested 5 squash that were a little smaller than usual, but my plants got a bit shaded on the trellis by larger cultivars. We are always happy to help troubleshoot issues like this with you. Please don't hesitate to contact us for help. We sure hope you will try again--this squash is delicious. Happy gardening!

Poor Germination

2 out of 5 stars Nov 30, 2020
I successively planted the whole packet, but only 2 seeds actually germinated and I lost those plants to powdery mildew. Planted these in fall, which is our prime growing season, but we had a lot of rain, which is likely the reason for the powdery mildew. I was able to save 1 squash that ripened on my windowsill.
Aviv from FL
Owner Response: Hi Aviv, Large seeds are prone to rotting in very moist environments which may have been what happened to your other seeds. Starting seeds indoors for up to 4 weeks before transplanting may be helpful in very wet conditions. We test our seeds frequently to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards and we do guarantee our seeds. A customer service agent will contact you to help.

Sweet Productive & Keeps Well

5 out of 5 stars Mar 20, 2021
I grew these in 2020 in Northeast Ohio. They had good germination but due to garden space, I only planted 3. I accidentally sowed pea seeds on the south side of them, so they weren't getting the light they needed at first. Even after I cut the pea plants down, they were slow to grow at first. Then they started growing at a good rate. Before I knew it, we had several little baby squash. We ended up with 31 mostly 5-6 inch squash (some were only 3-4 inches, but were great also) I waited to write the review since I wanted to see how well they kept. They were in a room that was around 65 degrees all winter. It's mid-March '21 & I still have a few left that are about the same as when picked...just beginning to wrinkle a little by the stem. We're going to enjoy the rest soon now that I know they keep well. Some vines grew to about 6 ft. I'm going to try growing some in 17 gallon containers this year & have some in the garden. Hope I don't jinx myself, but no pest problems with them last year. I did have other squash that the bugs wanted/got. Wonderful squash & can't wait to grow them again.
Doreen from OH

HoneyNOT squash

1 out of 5 stars Aug 25, 2021
A big disappointment. Poor germination and slow to come up. One large surviving vine, I'll get 2 maybe.
Jan from CO
Owner Response: Hi Jan, Squash need quite warm soil to germinate which may explain why they were slow. As for production, for years many gardeners are noticing issues with pollination. The article in the "learn more" tab on the product page might be helpful. Rest assured, our seeds are tested for germination by our third-party laboratory to ensure they meet federal and our own standards. A customer service agent will be with you via email to help.

Could not be happier with this compact, early maturing prolific little Zucchini substitute C. Moschata!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 12, 2021
We had some challenges getting the seeds to germinate, but, alas, ONE of the Honeynut seeds that we direct seeded into our three sisters garden bed in late spring, suddenly germinated, months later, as the Florida summer rainy season got underway, and the pole beans, okra, and sweet pepper "companions" succumbed to the combined pressures of the oppressive heat, humidity, torrential rains, and voracious root knot nematodes. The canopy and shading elements of our three sisters garden gone, the trailing understory companions - the sweet potatoes and Honeynut squash, seemingly inure to the oppressive heat, rains, foliar diseases, and root knot nematodes that killed their taller, more temperate garden companions, now basked in the full sun exposure, and really came into their own. The thriving sweet potato vines soon got the attention of the "local wildlife," and rats began to not only utilize the lush ground cover "habitat," but to also ravage the maturing tubers, first chewing down the largest plump potatoes "crowning" on the surface, later digging deeper to find more of the candy-sweet treat, until we were in danger of losing the entire crop to the expanding families of nightly robber rodents. Losing ten or more potatoes a night, we decided to pull all the sweet potato vines, harvesting the last tuber earlier this week (September). So far, the rats have left the Honeynut squash vine and immature fruits alone, so we harvested our first little tender green "zucchini substitute" (immature fruit) from our awesome healthy compact vine "Honeynut" butternut tonight (September 11), and it was delicious, sliced in typical "zucchini" fashion, in our steamed veggie dinner! There are at least 5 more little green Honeynut "zucchini" forming on the first 7 feet of the compact vine, and more female flowers continue to bloom and get pollinated daily along its modest length. It's unbelievable how productive and prolific this modest little compact butternut is, at only about 10 feet long, tidily tame, neatly contained within a 24" wide section of knee-high fenced garden row! Even the leaves of Honeynut are smaller, more rigid, and neater-looking than the larger, floppy, wilt-in-the-heat-of-the-day broad leaves typical of the old-fashioned, sprawling-vine type late maturing OP butternuts and "Seminole" type c. moschata squashes. In stark contrast to tidy, compact, and early fruiting Honeynut, the sprawling vine South Anna Butternut that we also trialed for the first time this year, and seeded at the same time as Honeynut, germinated and started growing much earlier than Honeynut, but, alas, has still not produced ONE pollinated female flower, nor fruit, yet, and has already consumed and covered the entire west side of our backyard (about a 10 foot wide by 25-30 foot long area), and is now moving vertically up our western border shrubs, citrus tree, and neighbor's privacy fence (in an effort to colonize NEW territory there as well). South Anna refused to grow up the trellis we provided, insisting, instead, on a "ground campaign" of total garden world domination, sprawling wherever it pleased, branching often, and sprawling further in all directions. I want to say, "what a waste of valuable garden space, that greedy, ungrateful, sprawling garden monster South Anna!".....but I cannot be certain that the early fruiting success of compact Honeynut was not at least partially enhanced or made possible by the numerous ranks of pollen-rich MALE flowers in South Anna's marching army of male virility on the vine, and the native bees that visited the male stamens of female-depauperate, fruit-barren South Anna, and carried the pollen across the garden path to the waiting pistols of tidy, prolific, super female-flowering neighbor Honeynut? I read some of the less than glowing reviews of Honeynut, and, to be honest, I don't even care if we never get a "mature winter squash," from Honeynut this year, and instead, eat EVERY Honeynut fruit in the young, tender green "zucchini" stage. We're more in need of an early, compact Zucchini-type squash for our nightly veggies, anyway, here in Gulf Coast Central Florida, with all the Squash Vine Borer, melon worm, caterpillar, and root knot nematode pressure that makes it virtually IMPOSSIBLE to get a "normal" C. pepo type "summer squash" or "zucchini" to LIVE long enough to even make it to first fruit harvest here. This awesome, wonderful, compact vine, C. moschata, Honeynut is so prolific, and so early, we'll never have to go without "zucchini" again, and hey, next year, hopefully, perhaps I'll get more than one Honeynut seed to germinate from a fresh packet of seeds, so we'll be able to grow more than ONE Honeynut vine, and with luck, we'll be able to leave some of the fruit to fully mature to ripe orange-y-tan "Winter Squash" stage, so we can not only have our "zucchini," but also, potentially, a bit later in the season, some Honeynut "winter squash" for pumpkin pie, and toasted pumpkin seeds as well. What's not to love about the carefree, healthy, disease-resistant, compact vine early Honeynut! We will always grow it (or a similar compact vine, early butternut that Botanical Interest may curate and offer in the future). Why ever waste precious garden space again to one of the sprawling monster vine, late maturing butternuts again? Thank you, Botanical Interests, for finding (and making affordable seeds available of) this WONDERFUL, compact, disease resistant, EARLY maturing butternut for all of us urban organic "farmers" here in the deep south lacking sufficient real estate necessary to allocate valuable sunny garden space to the sprawling, garden-eating, late-maturing OP cultivars (like Seminole and South Anna), and challenged to grow c. pepo's here on the "front lines" of climate change where earlier arriving and more intense heat, humidity, diseases, and pests make it virtually IMPOSSIBLE to grow c. pepo type "summer squashes" in the open organic field ever again (at least here in this part of Florida's hot, humid, and nematode-infested Zone 9).
hopeFlorganicvegan from FL

My favorite thing I planted this year

5 out of 5 stars Nov 9, 2021
I have never grown winter squashes before and was eager to try this year. Planted 1 mound with a few seeds and several months later I had vines everywhere. I was a little concerned how much they spread because they got about 20 feet long and was a little suprised. So worth the space though. Got 24 squashes out of 4 seeds and would have had a few more I think if it wasn't for the squirrels. As far as the flavor they have a rich, sweet flavor that is good from soup to roasting by itself to adding to pasta. These will be in my garden every year as long as I can get seeds.
Geilesha from IA

Earliest, most compact vine, best disease resistance, and greatest number of fruits per vine-! These compact beauties beat out the OP viny monsters! Will definitely plant again!

5 out of 5 stars Nov 29, 2021
Will ALWAYS plant this one in our Zone 9 Florida garden! Wow! This was the earliest to fruit, most disease resistant, most prolific, most compact, and most productive summer and winter squash in our garden! One plant, occupying a narrow "between the paths" bed (perhaps a 28 to 30 inch wide by 10 foot long area) produced more fruit than an OP vining, garden-eating monster planted at the same time! This compact Cucurbita moschata gave us tender green Zucchini-substitutes almost nightly once they started producing, and it seemed like nearly every flower was female; probably the highest female to male flowering cultivar we've ever grown. This plant wastes very little energy producing male flowers, so you get WAY more fruit per vine length than other's we've grown, and the fruits seem more closely spaced. Really the most prolific and productive summer or winter squash we've EVER grown. Resisted the squash vine borers, and tolerated the root knot nematodes. Leaves remained disease-free longer than any others. We will ALWAYS include this one...I see no reason to dedicate garden space to any "garden-eating" viny cultivars EVER again! Thank you Botanical Interests for finding this gem! What a find!
hope from FL


5 out of 5 stars Jan 19, 2022
Did really well. Will have to protect the fruit from squirrels / rabbits next year. Lost half my crop to those fuzzy fatties. Flavor is amazing from this squash.
Lindsay from MO

Honeynut Winter Squash

5 out of 5 stars Feb 4, 2022
Grew vertically Very productive. Taste similar to butternut squash. Long growing season.
Ann from WI

Fewer than 10 seeds, poor germination

1 out of 5 stars Jun 4, 2022
I bought this in March 2022 and started along with other winter squashes. I was disappointed to find that of the 10 seeds in the packet (double packed in a second foil packet--all brand new with no signs of damage to the packets), 2 seeds were broken leaving only 8 intact seeds. Of those 8 seeds, only 2 germinated in the same conditions where other squashes had 90% germination. The 2 that did germinate are doing well and I'm waiting to see how they produce. However, I would not buy these again due to the actual quantity of seed being less than reported on the package, and the low germination rate.
NGOC from CA
Owner Response: Hi there, We apologize for the state of your seeds upon purchase. We test our seeds frequently to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards, therefore we guarantee our seeds. A customer service representative will be in contact with you soon to replace your packet. We do hope that you try again as this is a customer favorite! These seeds like to be planted when soil temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees F. Feel free to reach out to our horticulturist for germination and trouble shooting tips in the future!

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