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Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby Westi » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:36 pm

Hi All!

I found this wee plant in the flower bed & it just looked like a squash/pumpkin so transplanted it behind the greenhouse. It's a thug - one stem grown right over the greenhouse & other stem over the back fence into the neighbours path to their back garden which fortunately they don't use! (My greenhouse is 8 ft to give you an idea of size). Currently it is only producing male flowers but did have a wee yellow fruit when much smaller but the slugs got to that.

The flowers are quite distinctive though & not something I remember growing so maybe imported on bought compost? Can anyone identify what it might be from the flower?
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Re: Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby Pa Snip » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:39 pm

My money is going on a pumpkin, although no idea what variety
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Re: Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby Primrose » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:15 am

When I grew squashes I found them very promiscuous so it may we'll be the result of some cross pollination. I occasionally found small seedlings sprouting up in border from compost spread from my compost heap where squash seeds had been tossed but only once transplanted one to grow to maturing because I am short of space and my experience is that, as you say, they have a tendency to take over and swamp everything else. This plant, if I recall produced a very small green melon sized squash which in no way resembled the sweet dumplings or butternut squash I,d grown the previous year. As I was also growing courgettes, who knows what its provenance originally was?

So as Pa suggests probably a pumpkin of some kind but it sounds as if it's worth more of a conversation piece than a viable vegetable. Interesting though to see what happens when nature has a free rein! I
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Re: Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby peter » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:54 pm

Primrose wrote:When I grew squashes I found them very promiscuous.......


They do make excellent tarts. :twisted:
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Re: Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby Pa Snip » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:14 pm

peter wrote:
Primrose wrote:When I grew squashes I found them very promiscuous.......


They do make excellent tarts. :twisted:


:lol: :lol: V Good , 10/10 for that one Peter
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Re: Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby Westi » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:49 pm

It's just got one more small round yellow fruit show on it (just before it goes over the garage roof!) I have never grown round courgettes, so can exclude that, haven't tried any F1 squash & pumpkins as they don't tend to need much assistance so I think it is an import in some compost - or the topsoil I patched the holes in the lawn with maybe!?

I shall let it continue as it is not excluding too much light from the greenhouse as is going along the rim & coping well with with leaves being cut off the other branch. Certainly won't be getting too much insight into what it might be this late in the season but being a softie I'll let it run it's course.
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Re: Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby Pa Snip » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:14 am

In the (misquoted) words of Brian Conley

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"It's a Pumpkin"
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Re: Can anyone identify this squash?

Postby Westi » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:31 pm

What you saying Pa?? Speak up!

A Pumpkin you say???? Going by size & growth indeed it is, but I don't think I'll find out the variety as it is too late setting fruit I would think. Not to worry though it looks impressive with huge leaves so I will let it do what it wants.
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