Want to grow butternut squash but have disease issues? South Anna is the one for you. What is so special about this variety? It is a cross between seminole and waltham butternut. Waltham is known for high quality and production, but can succumb to diseases, especially in the South. Seminole, similar to butternut, comes from Florida, where native peoples grew it for centuries in the humid, wet, disease-prone jungles. When crossed, you now have a disease-resistant and resilient butternut! And, interestingly, this plant is super vigorous. We often toss out our old or rotten squash in the hedge or under bushes. Well, this one will grow back from tossed out fruit and produce huge fruits with no care- it doesn’t even need a garden. The vines sprawl over our yard and are covered in big perfect fruits. We’ve never seen anything like it.
Developed by the dedicated and talented breeder, Edmund Frost from Common Wealth Seeds in Virginia, the South Anna is a downy mildew resistant butternut type that is bred specifically for the South. Edmund has worked for many seasons on this cross between the Seminole pumpkin and Waltham butternut and has selected the best year after year for mildew resistance, high sugar content, fantastic flesh texture, and long storability- up to 6 months or longer! This is the squash you have been searching for!
The large, vibrant green and healthier foliage of South Anna can help provide higher yields and better fruit quality, with sweet, nutritious flesh in a vibrant, bright orange color with a darker tan skin than most other butternuts. When used as a late planting, South Anna grows strong until frost, allowing for later harvests that will keep better into the winter and spring. Some fruit will be shaped like seminole, some like traditional butternut. We think you’ll really like growing this amazing variety, perfect for low-care gardens and permaculture.
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