The Q&A Archives: Incredibly Prolific Squash

Question: I have a question about Lakota Squash. This is a fall and winter squash. I am curious as to how large the fruits are supposed to get, and how long the vines usually are.
I have a plant that is a "volunteer" from last year, and it is incredibly prolific. It has about 4 or 5 runners, just from ONE plant ! Some of the runners I estimate are nearly 30ft long. I literally have basketball sized squash on this vine. Is this the normal size? Or do I just have good soil?

Answer: Sounds as though your mega-squash is a hybrid so there's no telling how big it might get! Squash cross-pollinates easily and seeds from a cross-pollinated fruit can result in any manner of interesting new varieties. If it were in my garden, I'd watch and wait to see what happens. However it looks and whatever its size, it will be edible. Don't save the seeds and replant, though, because its offspring will be completely different. Enjoy!

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