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BabySquash
May 31, 2020 9:59 AM CST
I've only been gardening for a couple of years now. I was given some butternut squash seeds by a friend that were harvested from a squash--not sure if it was heirloom squash or not.
I know seeds acquired like that from a non-heirloom plant aren't supposed to produce. So my question is: Do these type of seeds even grow? Does the fruit grow and not fully mature?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 31, 2020 10:14 AM CST
The seeds will grow but the produced plant will be a cross (a hybrid) of whatever other squash pollinated the flower. But some hybrids don't produce viable seed because of an uneven number of chromosomes. You never know when it will happen. You won't know until you try to grow the seed but, the resulting squash may not be something you want to eat. You can open a seed and see if the embryo is there or just try growing one.

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BabySquash
May 31, 2020 10:22 AM CST

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The plants grew. Theres even some Baby squash on the plants. I only asked because the first squash stopped growing, turned yellow, and died within a week

Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 31, 2020 10:25 AM CST
While it is true that I've gotten frankenstien vegetables after planting squash seed that had crossed with a gourd or something, that was the exception, rather than the rule.

Usually when I plant the seed of store-bought produce or save seed from those seed racks... the resulting produce is nearly indistinguishable from the original.

Please feel free to plant your seed and post the results.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 31, 2020 10:28 AM CST
BabySquash said:

The plants grew. Theres even some Baby squash on the plants. I only asked because the first squash stopped growing, turned yellow, and died within a week



Ok... that isn't a seed issue, but rather a cultural one.

Whether it was something in the soil like a fungus, or nematodes, or some critter above ground like a squash vine borer, or other weather-related issues.... wasn't a problem with the seed.

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Name: sumire
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sumire
May 31, 2020 10:36 AM CST
When I moved, I was delighted to discover my garden had mature fruit trees. I couldn't find the grafts but I shrugged and moved on. It turns out they were grown from seed and the end tally was:

Asian pear: perfect shape, beautiful fruit that is woody with a bitter skin
Cherry: lots of fruit, never edible
Apricot: actually really good

You never know....

I would agree with Stone, it sounds like your squash plant had a sudden growing issue.
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