Help me identify squash/gourd

helcatamyAugust 1, 2014

Hi all hoping someone can help me identify this squash which potentially could be a gourd or even melon. I think it's squash or gourd as it's got prickly stems on the leaves. I planted lots of varieties this year and kind of lost track when they went in big pots so now I have this lovely plant and big fruit but no way of knowing what it is! It looks like a big fat marrow crossed with watermelon! Last two days it has started getting lumpy bits which don't look like a virus to me, look like they are meant to be on there. I've grown gourds, melons and squashes so it could be any! Mainly I need to know if it's edible as some gourds aren't! Please help! Thank you

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annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)

Do you have a picture of the whole plant?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 4:18PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Growth patten of plant is reminiscent of cultivated squash and/or pumpkin, but I don't know which one.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 4:22PM
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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

Did you buy these seeds or is this plant a volunteer or from saved seed from last year? If it's a volunteer no one will know for sure what it is. It's definitely not a melon. If it came from bought seeds I would guess it's a decorative squash/gourd in the C. pepo species.

Rodney

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 4:57PM
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helcatamy

Hi guys I'll take some pics of the actual plant tomorrow maybe that will help. I planted bought seeds and volunteers too, so many varieties! Next year they will be back in the allotment but this year life got in the way so into pots they went and I lost track!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 5:50PM
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helcatamy

Hi again here is a pic of the actual plant, hope someone can help!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 4:51AM
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helcatamy

The pic didn't attach to last post argh here it is!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 4:53AM
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planatus(6)

Because the plant is staying put and not running around, I don't think it's a decorative gourd. The texture of the rind and the leaves suggest yellow squash lineage. When the plant sets another fruit, harvest it as a summer squash and see how it tastes.

If I had your strange squash I'd let it mature taste it as a winter squash, but don't get your hopes up. In my experience, four out of five times they are dogs, but fun to grow.

When you dabble in open-pollinated cucurbits, some off types are part of the scene.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 8:43AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Agree with planatus. Since you planted volunteers you will likely never know its name as it probably doesn't have one. It is a result of previous cross-pollination of unknown plants. But the odds are it is edible, just not worth the space it is taking up in taste.

As all the previous "help me ID this squash" posts here show, saving squash seeds and growing volunteers very seldom turns out to be worthwhile. It cross-pollinates far too easily to faithfully reproduce from seed without active intervention early in the previous season.

Dave

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 9:09AM
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