any guesses on what I've got here?
Leaf, blossom, 'overall' and a tiny fruit photo.
The fruit is kind of egg shaped today-- but the blossom hasn't even
It volunteered early this spring on a pile of sod and topsoil next to
my compost bin. I *suspect* it could be from a wintermelon or a
squash from the Asian store.
I *did* grow a Tahitian Squash last year, but I don't remember the
leaves being so big-- It does have the *spirit* of the Tahitian as
it is headed across the garden at a rapid pace.
Based on a sample of three, and allowing for the fact that one
catalog/county/person's squash is another's pumpkin, it resembles the
pumpkin I'm currently growing (Kakai - hulless seeds) more than the
squash or melon I'm growing. Which is nearly worthless, but you get what
you pay for sometimes.
I had to delve into hand pollination - the bees were not doing it, and
the squash bugs evidently don't offer that service along with their more
detrimental aspects, despite being in all the flowers. I'v seen a bee or
two about, but the micro-fruits were just rotting off the vine until I
Cats, coffee, chocolate...vices to live by
Please don't feed the trolls. Killfile and ignore them so they will go away.
Not a C. maxima squash (the stem is wrong). Could be a 'pepper'
squash (C. pepo) which includes the classic Jack o' Lantern pumpkins
as well as a host of other varieties, including the summer squashes.
The blossom in the picture looks very much like a classic pumpkin.
No, I think the leaves of that would be more cucumber- or luffa- sized
and smaller than the Tahitian squash leaves rather than larger.
No clue there...
Tathitian squash is C. moschata, which would have a similar stem
to the one in the picture. Not all C. moshata are 'butternut' shaped,
but I don't recall the 'cheese wheel' types starting out so... pumpkin-y.
I look at these pictures and try and take a guess then sit back and see who
agrees with me and why. Often those that disagree are correct but I make a
point of noting why. The main thing I get from this is volunteers make life
If that plant grew near my compost heap or out of where I'd spread some of
my always cold composted stuff, I'd say it was a 'pumpkin' or what Nth
Americans would call a 'winter squash'. I suspect the best guess you'll get
here is that it is indeed a member of the cucurbit family.
Could you report back please as it develops?
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