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    I'm growing squash this year for the first time. The plant has started to die back and I can see that I have loads of squash - the variety is Honeyboat. Apparently, they should be tan with whitish stripes when they are ready to harvest - mine are still very green, with whitish stripes. Actually when I say 'started to die back', I mean has almost entirely died back.

    I think I should leave them on the plant until the first frosts but I have seen that I should be harvesting them late September to October, which is now. I don't know whether they will ripen in time outside.

    Does anyone know I can ripen them off inside the house - or is it best just to leave them outside?

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    Hi welcome to the vine.
    I would take them off the plant now( cut a good 2" either side of the stalk so it looks like a T).
    They should ripen if you take them inside. I'm doing the same with a few of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small pumpkin View Post
    Hi welcome to the vine.
    I would take them off the plant now( cut a good 2" either side of the stalk so it looks like a T).
    They should ripen if you take them inside. I'm doing the same with a few of mine.
    Thank you for your reply. I'm going outside to do as you suggest right this minute.....I've just snipped off 20 squash from the plant and will bring them inside in a day or two -our weather is meant to be sunny for the next couple of days.

    I'm very pleased with its yield. If the fruits ripen ok and taste ok, I think it is definitely one I will try again next year. It didn't seem to need too much attention either, which is a plus as we are away quite a lot during the summer.

    Many thanks for your response
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    I had a call from son,we had a frost aparently last night,and his several of his lottie butternuts have been caught,he was going to harvest the good ones as above,and see if anything useable on the frosted ones,so to any newbies,thats what will happen if left.
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    Hi SkyeSonia and welcome
    I've grown Honey Boat this year for the first time but I've been picking them as they got to a usable size to give the young fruit time to grow.
    I'm storing them indoors and the oldest ones are changing colour from green and yellow; the green stripes are turning "brown" and the yellow is fading.
    Haven't eaten any yet!
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    If Skye is where you are growing them, you might want to protect them next year. My butternuts are in the greenhouse over here on the east coast, gives the crop a bit more time to ripen on the plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lottie dolly View Post
    I had a call from son,we had a frost aparently last night,and his several of his lottie butternuts have been caught,he was going to harvest the good ones as above,and see if anything useable on the frosted ones,so to any newbies,thats what will happen if left.

    Thanks for that information. I'm bringing them in tomorrow - and might just cut one open to see what it's like - shades of my father - he would dig up one of his carrots just to check how they were getting on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Hi SkyeSonia and welcome
    I've grown Honey Boat this year for the first time but I've been picking them as they got to a usable size to give the young fruit time to grow.
    I'm storing them indoors and the oldest ones are changing colour from green and yellow; the green stripes are turning "brown" and the yellow is fading.
    Haven't eaten any yet!
    Thank you for your reply. I had a look at mine today and I think I can see some change in the colour, so fingers crossed. I am very pleased with how prolific they were, so perhaps I'll give them another try next year and pick some a bit earlier. I might cut one open ...just to see how far off they are from being ripe!
    SkyeSonia

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