Know what happens when you grow 6 or 7 different types of squash in your
garden and then take an acorn squash and save the seeds and plant them the
next year? So far I have:
Scallop/acorn cross - funniest looking squast I've ever seen lol.
Pumpkin?/acorn cross. Not really sure about this one, but the vine is 10
feet long, growing like a pumpking vine, and setting large round pumpkin
like fruit. Have to wait a week or so to see what they are going to do.
They fruit are very identifiable as the base type, and they are also ribbed
like an acorn squash. Quite funny looking. Moral of the story - squash will
cross with other squash LOL.
I planted them in a row, next to each other, thinking I would get a row of
acorn squash. Last year my acorn squash were small vining plants. These are
not small vining plants! There are about a half dozen plants all crowded
ribbing that most of the acorn crosses have, and it's pointed on the end.
The scallop squash I grew last year had some natural ribbing, but nowhere
near as pronounced as this, and they were not pointed on the end.
and blunt, not long and skinny like zuchinnis are.
These are new, they look like acorn squash, but the color is off. I'll watch
them to see how they develop.
Pumpkin/acorn cross? These fines are already 12 feet long and growing like
crazy. The fruit is round, just like my pumpkins. No sign of ribbing yet.
What is noteworthy of these, is that the seeds for *all* of these came out
of an ordinary looking acorn squash. Who would have thought that all of this
would come out of a normal acorn squash? I wish now I would have planted 30
of these, just to see what kind of variety I would get. The plants are large
and quite vigorous. I think that I will save some of the fruit and plant
them next year to see what I get. The variety is a surprise, but so far they
are very edible.
All of the pics
Summer squashes (zucchini, crookneck, patty pan), acorn, delicata,
sweet potato squash, typical pumpkins* (and mini-pumpkins), and
spaghetti squash are all the same species (Cucurbita pepo) and will
cross easily. (There are some gourds that are also C. pepo and can
be quite bitter and very hard-shelled. If one of those crosses in,
the results will be inedible.)
The pepper squashes come in such a variety of shapes, colors and
vine lengths that you never know what they will result after a
random gene shuffle in your vegetable garden. Could be excellent,
could be super stringy, could be bland or could be so bitter you'll
spend the rest of the day trying to get that one taste out of your mouth.
(I speak from experience.)
*There are a few varieties of 'pumpkins' that are actually buttercup
squashes (the 'giant' types, and the blue and white pumpkins, the
'Cinderella' pumpkins). These are of the species C. maxima and are
distinguished by the rounded, corky-looking stems and may have a
'button' at the blossom end. There are a few tan colored 'pumpkins'
which are varieties of butternut squash, C. moschata. And then there
are the 'neck pumpkins' or cushaws (C. mixta).
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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