Botanical Name: Cucurbita maxima 'Argonaut'
Spacing: Plant 6 seeds per hill in hills about 6 feet apart.
Depth: 1 inch. (see planting instruction sheet above)
Spread: Vigorous vines.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Yield: Heavy yields.
Color: Bright gold colored fruits.
Foliage: Green foliage.
Fruit: You'll love Argonaut's honey-sweet flavor and meaty texture; tastes much better than older butternut types like Waltham! Enormous butternut type, bright gold fruits are 15 - 27 inches long and weigh 30 lbs. or more.
Days To Maturity: 140 days. This squash must be started as early as possible. Because it is so large, it takes the full 140 days to mature. See the sheet above if you have some squash that did not have time to ripen before frost.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained, humus enriched soil.
Growth Rate: Medium to fast growth rate.
Seed Count: Approximately 25 seeds per packet, 1/2 oz. is approximately 110 seeds.
Comments: Argonaut's plant is a vine with a strong canopy and very vigorous. The fruit is cylindrical in shape and bright gold in color with a hard, tough rind which has a smooth texture with sutures. Argonaut's interior is a medium orange color with a very sweet flavor and excellent meaty texture. Suitable for the home garden, this variety has a long shelf life and a small seed cavity on the blossom end. Under proper conditions this squash will store up to 8 months.