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Identify this Squash?

Postby Blissyblue » Sep 05, 2013 9:07 am

These big fellows grew from what I thought was a packet of Buttercup Squash seeds, but they sure aren't Buttercups. They are quite large and heavy.
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The hand trowel in the first photo is about 30cm long for a size comparison.

Any ideas? I haven't harvested any yet so I can't say what they look like inside or what sort of flavour they have.

This is my first post BTW.

Thanks for looking.
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby mollyzone5 » Sep 05, 2013 3:39 pm

Could be spaghetti squash.Maybe cut one open and see what the inside looks like.Looks like it really produced for you.
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby Countryboy » Sep 05, 2013 5:37 pm

And Squash is notorious for cross-pollination. A Bee crossed from yr neighbour's patch of Zucchini and headed next for yr Buttercups???

That's how they get all those wild lookin' ornamental Squash... ;)
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby mollyzone5 » Sep 05, 2013 7:19 pm

And Blissyblue said they grew from a pack of seeds,not collected seed, Countryboy.Cross pollination does not affect the growing fruit.
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby Countryboy » Sep 05, 2013 9:47 pm

Pollination is a step between the seed and the fruit... when the vine is still in flower. After pollination the fruit starts to set and the flower drops off.

I've always grown 'named' Squash. The results haven't always been as advertised.
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby mollyzone5 » Sep 05, 2013 10:23 pm

Pollination and cross pollination are two different things.
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby Countryboy » Sep 06, 2013 7:35 am

Yes... they are different things. If a flower of a Buttercup Squash is pollinated by another Buttercup Squash the fruit is a Buttercup Squash. If the same flower is pollinated by a Hubbard Squash (cross-pollination) then all bets on the make-up of the fruit are off.
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby mollyzone5 » Sep 06, 2013 9:29 am

OK,the best way to explain this is ,cross-pollinated fruits will not change shape or taste until new fruit is grown from the seeds of the cross-pollinated fruit.So the fact is, plants growing from true buttercup squash seeds,whether they were cross pollinated or not will only produce buttercup squash from those plants.Even if the seeds from the cross pollinated squash are grown the next year,there is a "chance" that the squash will be different.
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Re: Identify this Squash?

Postby OGrubber » Sep 06, 2013 9:39 am

Pumpkin, is what you have there, I'm thinking.
The flower is that of a C.pepo. ...If you actually have buttercup [C.maxima] in that planting somewhere the flower should be noticably different.
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