My butternut squash are starting to split. They are still a little green. Should I pick them now?
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While stem split is common and usually due to extreme temperatures changes and uneven watering, fruit splitting is normally more of a water issue. However, it never hurts to check for signs of pests too, especially since they can penetrate the plant through these splits. In the event that you should need to go ahead and pick them, you can sometimes ripen them off the vine, depending on how close to maturity they are. This article will help you try: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/ripening-green-unripe-squash.htm