I think I planted my cucumbers and squash too close together. The
cucumbers are yellowish and are shaped more like summer squash than
1) Is this a common mistake?
2) Is the food edible?
3) Once they've cross-bred, anything I can do.
A gardener with mutant veggies....
1. Cucumbers and squash do not cross. Even if they did, the cross is
in the seeds, so it does not show until the next generation.
2. Most likely. If you planted mixed seeds. It could be be the growing
conditions. Do you know what cultivar, you supposedly planted. There
are several yellow cucumbers in the edible stage and most turn yellow
or orange when they form seeds.
3. Don't save seeds.
Yes, thinking that cucumbers and squash have crossed because they look
funny is a very common mistake. Cucumbers (Cucumis sativa) and squash
(Cucurbita melo and other species) do not cross-pollinate. And for the
varieties of melon or squash that do cross-pollinate, it only affects the
seeds and the plants they will grow into. After all, if your black poodle
is impregnated by a white poodle, she doesn't turn grey. Only the puppies
Try it and see.
Don't save the seeds for next year if you have any questions.
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