My 'spaghetti squash' looks like zucchini!

tiskers(5)July 19, 2011

We planted spaghetti squash this spring for the first time. We used pre-packaged seeds and the label clearly stated SPAGHETTI SQUASH with a photo of the distinctive yellow squash.

Weeeellllll, what we have is green and stripey and looks remarkably like ZUCCHINI!!! Some are over 12" long already.

Could there have been a mistake in the seed packet (and if so, does that happen a lot???!) -- or does spaghetti squash go through a green stripey stage before it turns YELLOW??!

Thank you!!!

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denninmi(8a)

No, its always pretty pale. Could you post photos?

And, what is the growth habit -- long trailing vine or bush? That might be a clue, but there are a couple of bush spaghetti squash.

Overall, though, sounds like some mislabeled seeds. Happens at times.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 3:48PM
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MelissaHess(5)

This happened to me on year when I planted it right next to a bunch of zucchini...It still tastes like squash though.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 7:10PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

This happened to me on year when I planted it right next to a bunch of zucchini..

Cross pollination only affects the seeds Melissa, not the fruit. Changes in the fruit only happen if you plant those crossed seeds the following year.

Tiskers - as denni said mis-labeled seeds do happen now and then. More common is the stray wrong seed or crossed seed that gets into a packet of correctly labeled seeds.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 7:33PM
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tiskers(5)

Thanks everyone!

OK, here are some photos of what is growing where we planted what the seed packet said was SPAGHETTI SQUASH!!!

Thoughts? Comments?!

(I'm growing ZUCCHINI, aren't I?!!!) Gah!!!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 8:22PM
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farmerdill

The last photo could be a sphagetti squash named Stripetti or it could be a Grey type zucchini. If you have the original package, look see if it has a variety named.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 8:34PM
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tiskers(5)

Thanks... that's the problem, we didn't keep the seed package. But I clearly recall the picture on the front of a yellow, oval, spaghetti squash!

Should I cut one open? Would that tell for sure?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 9:02PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I would think if you cut one open you would know for sure! They are pretty whatever they are! I planted lavender from seed once and something totally different came up.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 9:23PM
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shannonlantzy

I second the idea of cutting one open and seeing if it's stringy. Let us know!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 9:29PM
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tiskers(5)

Thanks for the replies!

I will cut it open and take more pictures. Hopefully that will tell us if it's a zucchini or not??!!

But it wouldn't be stringy till after it's cooked, right?

Aye yi yi!!! ;o)

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 9:38PM
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CandyandAllen

Interesting post. My spaghetti squash is producing both types of fruit on the same vine. No question but found it very odd.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:29PM
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AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

It doesn't look at all like zucchini to me.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 12:00AM
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ltilton

I think something got crossed in the field where they harvested those seeds. Doesn't look like either spaghetti or zucchini.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:19AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

You've got something like ZUCCHagetti: :D
I have a few odd plants and things too. One is a cosmos that is growing as if it is a tree, with a stem as thick as finger. And a Brandy Wine tomato with a flower as big as a dime.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:57AM
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planatus(6)

Just curious. Were those open-pollinated heirloom seeds? If so, getting off types in the squash family is pretty common, in fact too common. Last year I grew something similar from a packet that was supposed to be pumpkins.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 7:59AM
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ltilton

The leaves aren't zucchini leaves, there's no silver. And that striping pattern is common on a whole lot of young squashes.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 9:44AM
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ccabal(7)

Wow those are pretty fruit. Maybe you need to let it ripen before you pick it? Maybe it will ripen to a yellow color? Just a guess.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 10:39AM
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captaininsano

Looks like Cushaw.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 3:08PM
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