Sunshine Squash????

missrumphius(4b)July 21, 2014

This year, for the first time, I planted sunshine squash - a scarlet kabocha variety from Johnny's seeds. The catalog description is "vigorous short vines" and deep orange color. Well, I have vigorous vines all right but not short! In fact they are sprawling all over the garden and trying to climb the tomatoes. And while I have currently have a lot of baseball sized fruit they are pale yellow with dark green at the base. I think the seed must have been mis-labelled. I am hoping they actually are some variety of winter squash although they look much more like round summer squash at this point.
Any one have any ideas what I have?

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Looks like a Sunshine. Anything less than 10 feet is considered short. The red orange is their ripe color. It is a small squash.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 4:31PM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I have some Sunshines that are further along. They are not small, but about 7 or 8 inches across and orange.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 9:34PM
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That is about right for a grown Sunshine. 4-6 lbs. which I consider small. 10 -20 lbs is medium. 30- 100 lbs large.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 8:42AM
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Thanks for the response. I guess I wait and hope they turn orange.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:57PM
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I had kabochas about two years ago. They're my favorite eating squash. Even in AZ, where the summer was much too hot for their liking, my kabocha tried to overtake the garden and yard. I'd say that ten feet for kabocha is pretty "short".

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 9:19PM
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