Squash Question #2

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by nehimama, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. nehimama

    nehimama An Ozark Engineer Supporter

    Messages:
    9,818
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2005
    Location:
    Powhatan, AR
    Last year I planted zucchini, crookneck, acorn AND butternut squash. Vine borers eventually took out all but the butternut. :grump:

    IS the butternut variety more resistant to/not as appealing to squash vine borers? This variety really, really grew well for me, and was very prolific. It stored well over the winter, too. I finally used the last one this past April.

    TIA,
    NeHi Mama
     
  2. rocket

    rocket Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    400
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2005
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Butternut, and any other variety of c. moschata, has a solid stem instead of hollow, so vine borers aren't supposed to bother it. Your other afflicted varieties were all c. pepo.
     

  3. nehimama

    nehimama An Ozark Engineer Supporter

    Messages:
    9,818
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2005
    Location:
    Powhatan, AR
    Thanks, Rocket! This information tells me that I should go with the solid stem varieties, then. No wonder the butternuts did so well last year, eh?

    NeHi Mama