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Name that gourd?

Discussion in 'What Am I? Plant Identification' started by FaerieGlynne, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Aug 13, 2017
    FaerieGlynne

    FaerieGlynne Chillin' In The Garden

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    it looks like an overgrown zucchini, but seems to have e the firmer skin of a winter squash? It's huge, and there are a bunch more on the vine. I didn't harvest just in case it is a winter squash and should stay on the vine.
    Thanks!
     

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    FaerieGlynne

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    I cut it open. Seeds look like a pumpkin. Maybe spaghetti squash? Seems too big and not stringy
     

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    Collector

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    Looks like it might be a cross breed, is it a volunteer?
     
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    Ridgerunner

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    Yes, where did the seed come from? What squash did you grow last year?

    It does look like a cross. Squash are notorious for that, it's hard to save pure seeds because they cross-pollinate so readily. Since squash have separate male and female flowers they depend on pollinators to carry pollen. Some of those pollinators can fly a mile with some different pollen. I once saved Delicata seeds, a winter squash, just to see what I would get. I got some strange squash the next year, not sure what it crossed with. It made a good tasting winter squash but did not save worth a darn. Here's what it looked like.

    Squash Cross.JPG

    If you don't know what it is I'd try a young one as a summer squash just to see how it does. And after it matures I'd check it out as a winter squash, you never know.

    Of course it could be a gourd and inedible.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    FaerieGlynne

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    It's not a volunteer, but I'm 90% sure I got it at a farmers market, so I guess it could be a cross. Cool, I didn't know they'd do that.

    PS it's pretty watery and bland. Pretty sure that'll get saved for duck food :(
     
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    TheCuteOrpington

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    IMG_3232.JPG This is my squash if it helps. :)

    It's still young though, lots of growing to do!
     
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