Plant ID forum: Help Identification of this C. Max Squash

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Name: Michelle M. Losey
NE Ohio, USA (Zone 5b)
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WARYR1
Aug 2, 2016 3:20 PM CST
We live in NE Ohio I was late putting my squash in the ground (mid June) due to cold snaps. But about a month earlier a squash plant came up in old squash garden! My husband found it and named it LOL but I wanted really bad to save its seed cuz anything that can survive our negative winter temps is a keeper! But now I have no clue what it is??? I never planted one like it (in that garden) so its not one of my crosses (some I left on vine cuz they weren't mature) Only other squash I had was 2 blue and 1 pink one that I bought from organic road market. (maybe those ones were a crossbred ???) This one is bright yellow and grows about an inch a day its gonna be big! I thought it looked like a yellow of Paris but where would that have come from? Vine is about 15 ft now and still growing. Huge flowers! Varieties I grew in that garden were blue hubbard, sunshine, bon bon, sweet meat, jarradale,
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Sorry about the dust in my lens and leaving blk spots on pics. being its inside the lens I can't just wipe it off
Michelle M. Losey
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Name: Michelle M. Losey
NE Ohio, USA (Zone 5b)
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WARYR1
Aug 2, 2016 8:33 PM CST
Any Ideas? Anyone?
Michelle M. Losey
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Aug 2, 2016 11:20 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA Welcome! @WARYR1

I ran across these pictures and thought they resembled your squash.

Floridor Zucchini http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6662-floridor.aspx#

SunDay Zucchini http://www.dpseeds.com/node/116

Name: Michelle M. Losey
NE Ohio, USA (Zone 5b)
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WARYR1
Aug 2, 2016 11:36 PM CST
TY Thank You! so much for your welcome and reply!!! Those sure do have the right color and shape BUT notice stem those zukes have c. Pepo stems mine is c. Max. Also notice on most zukes the females are near center or closer together. The 1st female flower on this one was about at 10 ft! Also I've been on this property 8-9 yrs and have only grown c. max.... also on mine the flowers are huge and the fruit is growing rapidly on 15 ft vine w/ huge leaves. Soon I expect it will be bigger than these zukes and it was only pollinated on 6-29-16 I was thinking it might be a cross of this kind... but I haven't grown this kind yet so pollen must of came from a neighbor or from the ones I got at the street mkt
http://www.seedsnow.com/products/pumpkin-paris-yellow
Michelle M. Losey
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Aug 3, 2016 8:27 AM CST
I am not familiar with growing the different squash cultivars. I do know that a member here grows them and may be able to help you. His user name is @farmerdill.

I am sorry I could not be of more help.
Name: Michelle M. Losey
NE Ohio, USA (Zone 5b)
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WARYR1
Aug 3, 2016 12:01 PM CST
Don't be sorry your help was very much appreciated! Thank You! I will try farmer dill Smiling Thumbs up
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Aug 3, 2016 12:43 PM CST
Squash are notorius for being promiscuous within species. Since all five varieties that you listed as growing in your squash patch are C. maxima, You have a mongrel that could be a combination of any of them. Does not mean it wont be good. Some mutts can be be outstanding. Bagging the blossoms and hand pollinating is about the only way to keep squash from crossing. Isolation works but requires a a quarter mile or more.
Name: Michelle M. Losey
NE Ohio, USA (Zone 5b)
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WARYR1
Aug 3, 2016 1:21 PM CST
Yes I cross mine and save seed (I only grow c. max on this property) and know the things are lil "whores" Hilarious! but the only ones I left in that garden were too immature to pick... I did get 2 blue ribbed and 1 pink from organic rd side mkt they got a fungus a few days after I got them so I told my husband to throw them out in the old garden. There was snow on the ground. Could it be a survivor of 1 of those and they were crossbreeds/ hybrids? It would be great if it was one of my crosses that survived the brutal temps! I know its a keeper for sure! Hope it tastes as good as it grows! Smiling TY for your help!!!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 3, 2016 7:51 PM CST
I guess this is why I don't save seeds from my summer squashes. Hilarious!
Name: Michelle M. Losey
NE Ohio, USA (Zone 5b)
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WARYR1
Aug 3, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:I guess this is why I don't save seeds from my summer squashes. Hilarious!


Hilarious! but this isn't one of my saved ones. This one was from the old squash garden. The ones I save are well marked so I know whose the daddy w/out going to the Jerry Springer show Hilarious! but even the known ones are all dif I can only plant like 5 of each of my crosses (too small of a lot here) and its like playing russian roulette picking 5 seeds outta hundreds! I give the rest away w/ instructions if you get an exceptional plant from this cross please give me some seed from it Smiling
Michelle M. Losey
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 3, 2016 8:02 PM CST
So you missed a squash that rotted and spread it's seeds.
Name: Michelle M. Losey
NE Ohio, USA (Zone 5b)
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WARYR1
Aug 3, 2016 8:23 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:So you missed a squash that rotted and spread it's seeds.


Yep! or the rotted ones from that rd side mkt I got. either way if it survived our neg degree temps its a keeper plus its will to survive (its main stalk got severed from vine borers while I was in the hosp.) I replanted the end and covered each leaf joint w/ soil cuz it will grow new roots at that spot. at 1st the big leaves would wilt in the day light then go back to normal as sun went dwn. That was safety mode for the plant so it didn't loose too much moisture. After new roots started growing it no longer wilted in the day. Looks big and healthy w/ this fast growing squash on it. At the tip of the vine is a new female. The 1st baby the one pic'd here I used males from the same plant to pollinate it. But the new one I'm probably gonna use pollen from a very healthy very productive Blue Hubbard I got growing here in the new garden. But I'm not sure if I'll use that one 'cuz I got alot of others growing that might make suitable mates too. In new garden I have blue hubbard, sweet meat, bon bon, Silver bells, jarradale, pink banana, lakota, hopi orange (squash bug resistant), Bylinka (PMR) I also got some crosses but won't mate those w/ this plant.
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