Help Identifying a Squash Plant

drdertyAugust 23, 2008

My girlfriend's grandmother gave us some squash seeds to plant. She speaks Navajo so I could not understand anything she said about the seeds.

We planted two seeds along with watermelon and corn plants. The squash plant quickly grew huge and over ran the garden.

The plant is currently growing two types of squash on it. I am unable to identify what type of squash it is. I've supplied pictures of both types of squash that the plant is growing and a picture of its leaves.

Also, we've never grown squash before and are wondering how to tell when it is ripe to pick.

Thanks.

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TulsaRose z7a, Tulsa OK(7a)

You might get more responses if you post this in the veggie forum... http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/cornucop/

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 6:30AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I'm not the biggest squash variety expert but I can say that they both appear to be winter squash varieties. The blue-gray one looks like a 'Blue Hubbard' and the orange may be a kuri or another hubbard type.

I harvest winter squash when the vines/stem on the fruit have dried. Winter squash tastes the best and sweetest when they "aged" a bit. I'd probably let them sit for a month after harvesting for best flavor. There's a reason they are called winter squash!

Since these appear to old varieties of squash, save the seeds you scoop out to plant next year. Old, heirloom varieties, as I suspect these are, grow and produce much like their parent plants. Seed saving is not only fun, it can be a link to family traditions and history.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 9:34AM
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drderty

Thanks, I'll go post over there.

Fata, I think you're right about it being Blue Hubbard squash. Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 3:48PM
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