Plant Care Buttercup squash

Buttercup squash

About Buttercup squash

Buttercup squash is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Buttercup squash likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Buttercup squash belongs to the cucurbita genus, and is native to South America.


Cucurbita maxima

Also known as

Vegetable marrow, Big Max Pumpkin and Winter Squash

How to care for Buttercup squash


How often to water your Buttercup squash

Water needs for Buttercup squash
0.5 cups
every 9

Buttercup squash needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Buttercup squash

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Buttercup squash in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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Growing Buttercup squash in Boston right now

Light needs for plant Buttercup squash in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 26th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Buttercup squash in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 34% ☀️

November 26th, 2021

Boston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to decrease by 34% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per day!…

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Light needs for plant Buttercup squash in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

November 26th, 2021

This month, Boston is getting an average of 7.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 13.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.0 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Buttercup squash in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Buttercup squash: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Buttercup squash love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

Buttercup squash does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Buttercup squash

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Buttercup squash: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Buttercup squash after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Buttercup squash

Nutrient needs for plant Buttercup squash in Boston, Massachusetts

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 23rd, 2021

The growing potential in Boston is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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Difficulty Level

Buttercup squash is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Buttercup squash

Buttercup squash

Buttercup squash

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Boston, Massachusetts, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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