Honeybaby Hybrid Butternut Squash Seeds

(P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Item #52743-PK-P1
15% on your entire order!


Grow it in containers

Days to Maturity: 90 from direct sow

All-America Selections (AAS) Winner 2009

Yes, it's true—you can grow this super-compact winter squash in a patio container. Honeybaby hybrid received a national All-America Selections award for its delicious flavor, space-saving habit, and quick finish. You'll love just how easy it makes growing squash.

Honeybaby sets lightbulb-shaped fruit with a hard creamy beige shell and bright orange flesh. It reaches about 6 to 7 inches long and weighs 4 to 8 ounces, making it a good size for one to two servings. The flavor is really exceptional—it's meatier and more complex than others, with that nutty, sweet overlay that makes butternut such a great choice for baking with a little butter and sugar. The seed cavity is small, so you'll get an extra bite or two out of every Honeybaby, too.

And this compact fruit size matches a space-saving plant habit. Honeybaby sets about 9 fruits per plant, and if you want to grow it in a container, just get a big flowerpot, tub, or other decent-sized container and train it up a trellis, chain-ink fence, railing, or other vertical support. Tie the fruiting stems as the squash begins to emerge, and it will dangle like enormous lights from the branches. You'll like "air grown" squash better too—there's no bad side and less danger of rot from too much moisture, holes from nibbling crawlers, etc.

Honeybaby has been billed as a great choice for the southeast because of its powdery mildew resistance. In humid climates, some squash simply mildews out—very annoying to gardeners have been assured it's so easy to grow. Honeybaby withstands long, humid summers better than most others. Terrific mildew resistance improves the yields every time.

Give Honeybaby a try in any sunny spot, and enjoy homegrown butternuts all winter long . . . if you can bear to keep from eating them the minute you bring in the harvest, that is.

Grow Honeybaby the way you would other winter squash. In the garden, sow the seeds 1 inch deep after all danger of frost, spacing the seeds of this compact plant should be spaced 4 to 5 feet apart. (You don't have to trellis it in the garden, so it sprawls comfortably—yet still remains compact.) Harvest the fruit when the plants die back or just before frost. Cut and cure the fruit in a well-ventilated area, then store at 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Cucurbita
Species moschata
Variety Honeybaby Hybrid
Item Form (P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Days to Maturity 90
Fruit Color Orange
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 20
Plant Height 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Trellises
Foliage Color Dark Green
Harvest Season Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid Fall, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Powdery Mildew
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Sandy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Containers, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

November 14, 2019

Best Producer

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have never had such success growing winter squash. From 2 plants I got 18 sweet, yummy, perfect personal size butternut squash. I plan on growing this EVERY year. Now if I can find a zucchini that would produce more than one!!

Luanne L from MA
October 12, 2018

Not what I expected, but delightful!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Keep in mind Ohio's growing season was oddly long this year, so I planted these the first week of May and am just now pulling the vines out on October 12th. That's like 25 weeks, or 175 days. This plant wasn't what I expected. I planted 2 hills per the directions. It did not have any powdery mildew, even when my nearby watermelon, zucchini, and pumpkin vines did, so that is absolutely wonderful! These butternuts were not compact for me--the grew up my chainlink fence...and 15-20 feet the other direction. I had to mow the ends and edges of my butternut patch 4 times because it took over a third of my yard. I suspect if I hadn't mowed the ends and edges there would have been another 10 feet of vine, just based on how much I mowed off each time. These plants were wonderful producers but the butternuts didn't look like the pictures. They are identical to the ones at Kroger, if a little bigger than the ones at Kroger. They are the tastiest butternut I've ever had. Off of those 2 hills I have about 30 butternut. I only lost 2: the first ripe one because my dogs found it and ate part of it (they love butternut and sniffed them daily as they ripened LOL), the second because it grew on the vertical fence-trellis line and disconnected from the vine before it was ripe, so it rotted. I am saving seeds and plan to grow these again, but I also plan on getting a trellis and growing them vertically. These will be a yearly addition to my garden for their low maintenance growing habits and high yield. Not at all what I expected, but I am delighted!

S from OH
July 29, 2018

Wonderful Little Squash

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Tried this squash for the first time this year. I have only a small space to have a garden. I planted these in containers with a sturdy trellis for it to climb on. It was very easy to manage the vines. These squash are very tasty & flavorful, and just the perfect size. I will be planting these again next year.

SGill from IA
August 29, 2017

unbelievable producer

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

We have a small garden and have to choose our varieties carefully. This was our first year to try the Honeybaby Hybrid and I have to say that we are thrilled with the results. We have been enjoying sweet butternut squash for weeks now (each squash is just enough for two servings), and it's still producing like crazy! The vines are easily controlled. A perfect variety for a small garden.

Mom&Ed from NJ

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