Plant ID forum: Mystery volunteer in my front yard.. some kind of pumpkin?

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Jul 24, 2013 9:18 AM CST
I saw this growing in my front yard a few weeks ago, and it's gotten bigger & bigger and BIGGER. It's HUGE. It covers about a 6' area, each leaf is at LEAST a foot in size. It bloomed this morning. I'm thinking a watermelon/pumpkin/cucumber or something. Not vining. I didn't plant it, it's a volunteer. Don't know what or where though. And what's really odd about this plant is that the leaves have these interesting white speckles on it.. like freckles.

Any idea? I guess I could just wait until the fruit starts to grow from the flower...

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dave
Jul 24, 2013 10:08 AM CST

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I'd say a Cucubita maxima and as to the variety, we'll know when it fruits. Smiling
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Jul 24, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Well, if it's a pumpkin, I can figure out where it came from. If it's not a pumpkin, I have NO idea where or how. Last year, when I carved out my pumpkins for Halloween, I saved the seeds as I wanted to roast them. However, in my forgetfulness, I left them outside that night & the next morning, I found that the squirrels had found my bowl of pumpkin seeds. And squirrels are notorious for digging in my mulch.. I find their little holes EVERYWHERE. Surprising that it's growing where it's growing, though. It gets less than 4 hours of sun / day.. only between like 10:30am to 1:30pm (high noon).

My Jack-o-lanterns from last year. I don't use a pattern (and it shows) and I carve my pumpkins using a drywall knife (http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/100197067#.UfAAcG0pjW4)
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But I have fun carving them! http://marcel-oehler.marcellosendos.ch/comics/ch/1986/10/198...
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Aug 23, 2013 9:49 AM CST
I'm guessing pumpkin.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 23, 2013 9:54 AM CST
That is so cool! I'd love to have that pop up in my garden ... it sure looks like a pumpkin of some sort! Hurray!
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chelle
Aug 23, 2013 2:50 PM CST
Fun! I love surprises like this one! Hurray!
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 5, 2013 2:15 PM CST
Pumpkin is getting HUGE! It produced 2 fruits.. one tiny little thing about the size of a cantalope and the other's HUGE. I'd say at least 1.5 times the size of a basketball. Still super dark green. The little one has already turned yellow.. I wonder why it turned & the big one hasn't?

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chelle
Sep 6, 2013 7:41 PM CST
My wild guess is that the little one had to finish earlier because the big one is getting the largest portion of the plant's energy. Shrug!
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 6, 2013 9:39 PM CST
well, the little one is rotting quickly. Sad The big one is very healthy, but the little one is turning into mush. :(
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Sep 7, 2013 9:03 AM CST
I've had that happen, too. Sad

My vines look like they're all but done now; there's been no rain for months. I did get a few fruit this year, but not nearly what I've had in the past.
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dave
Sep 7, 2013 9:23 AM CST

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Usually for us the first couple of pumpkins are small. Once those first couple small ones are out of the way the vine quickly produces full size fruits.
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 26, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Got 1 huge pumpkin (definitely carving size) out of this plant. Cut most of the vine away this weekend as it was just grasshopper bait. Further down on this vine there's another itty bitty pumpkin growing, so didn't cut that vine. Doubt it'll grow to anything before the plant is killed by frost. But here's my pumpkin!

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Surprisingly there's no flat spots on the pumpkin! It actually grew round, and I didn't even turn it once while it was growing! Maybe because it was laying on mulch, which is soft & gives? But I'll definitely be carving this badboy up!! I think I'll try to grow pumpkins next year purposefully.. just not in the middle of my yard taking over & killing my roses!!
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woofie
Sep 26, 2013 9:33 AM CST
That is cool! How fun! And I love your carvings from last year. Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 26, 2013 10:09 AM CST
Hurray! Way to go Toni ... great looking Pumpkin! Don't forget to take a photo to post when you carve it! Smiling
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 26, 2013 11:45 AM CST
I agree Thumbs up
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dave
Sep 26, 2013 12:57 PM CST

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Nice.

Now I think you can make the thread as solved. Smiling
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 31, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Well, my pumpkin met it's fate last night. Carved it.. I think it looks pretty good. I don't do fancy carvings.. maybe some day I'll learn how to do the scraping & Dremel'ing, but for now, I just use a drywall saw & my imagination.

And since it was a surprise pumpkin in my yard, I made a surprise jack-o-lantern out of it.

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I bought a 2nd pumpkin when they went on sale for $2, my plan was to make a ghost in front of the moon (I've done that before). But, to me, it looks more like the Hamburger Helper guy.

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Last year, these were the pumpkins I carved.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 31, 2013 10:15 AM CST
So cute! I think you did a wonderful job ... especially love the surprise jack-o-lantern!!

.... tried to give a thumbs up but the emoticons don't seem to be working.
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gingin
Oct 31, 2013 10:35 AM CST
Lin...I just gave a thumb and it worked for me Confused
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 31, 2013 10:36 AM CST
Thumbs down Whistling Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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