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Tallahassee, Florida
Kerpow
Jun 11, 2017 8:19 PM CST
I planted onions... and I'm pretty sure squash is growing in the soil instead. I think my neighbor planted squash years ago... could the seeds have magically migrated to my yard? This is weird.... There are three plants.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 11, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Kerpow .

Could you post a photo of what is growing?

That said, if it's something with leaves that don't resemble grass (assuming you planted your onions from seed?) it definitely isn't onions.
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Frillylily
Jun 11, 2017 9:16 PM CST
some seeds are planted by birds, but that doesn't mean the onions will not come up. They may grow too. How long ago did you plant the onions and I assume they were bulbs? or were they a seed?
Tallahassee, Florida
Kerpow
Jun 11, 2017 9:25 PM CST
The onions were planted as bulbs, but I got them from a salvation army, so I didn't expect them to grow... nor have I seen anything that resembles an onion. (there is a possibility that I could have plucked them out if they did grow if they blended in wit the weeds.)

If it was a bird, they must have planted three seeds (three plants LOL)

I planted them at the same time I planted my tomatoes (I'm sorry, I don't have a date)
My tomato plants (purple cherokee heirloom) have several green tomatoes growing (not ripe yet) and the biggest one is about 3 inches wide. (If that gives any context. This is my first time growing anything edible.)

I'm pretty sure it is squash. I checked today and one of the yellow blooms has begun to grow a small bulb (right before the vegetable starts to grow.)
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Like this, but without the green vegetable part... just the yellow bulb. After seeing this image, I am pretty positive it is squash. What kind? I guess we will see. The birds did my gardening for me! LOL This is hilarious.
I will try to post a picture of my plant later when the sun is up.

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Kerpow
Jun 11, 2017 9:26 PM CST
Also, nothing was growing out of that patch for a long time, and then these popped up really fast!
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Zencat
Jun 12, 2017 8:43 AM CST
I think you have zucchini.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 12, 2017 9:49 AM CST
The plant in the photo certainly appears to be zucchini, but Kerpow stated "Like this, but without the green vegetable part... just the yellow bulb." So, just the flower, which could be zucchini or something else in the squash family.
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sooby
Jun 12, 2017 10:33 AM CST
Just the flower could also be a male zucchini flower but I'm not sure what the "bulb" would be in that case. I wonder if the "bulb" might be a Pattypan?
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Kerpow
Jun 12, 2017 10:34 AM CST
That previous picture was not my plant. It is something I found on google These pictures are of my plants. We live next door to a farm (I have seen horses through the big wooden fence) but I don't know if they grow zucchini or squash.
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Okay so I'm realizing that the vegetable actually has begun to grow. It is light in color but I'm sure it will turn color eventually. :p
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Zencat
Jun 12, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Ah...I missed that part. Whistling
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Zencat
Jun 12, 2017 10:37 AM CST
It looks like the beginnings of a white pumpkin. Better wait longer and see what happens.
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Kerpow
Jun 12, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Zencat said:It looks like the beginnings of a white pumpkin. Better wait longer and see what happens.


Woah! that would be cool too. Do you have any recommendations/advice as to what I should to to ensure its health? (Maybe till more soil around the plant or something?) Otherwise, I will just leave it alone! :)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 12, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Kerpow, thanks for posting your photos! I made the incorrect assumption that your reference to a "yellow bulb" was to the flower itself; now we can see that you do indeed have a small squash or pumpkin of some sort starting to grow Smiling

The flowers that are on longish stalks, without a "baby squash" under them (such as in your 3rd photo), are male flowers, which provide the pollen to fertilize the female flowers.

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Frillylily
Jun 12, 2017 12:24 PM CST
They need well drained soil and water lots but do not let it stay soggy-rots. Pumpkins grow fast and the plant gets large.
At some point you may want to put some cardboard under the pumpkin to keep it up off the soil. Maybe someone who has grown them before will know more what to do.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 12, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Maybe someone from Florida (or at least the south) can offer some advice -- pumpkins and squash grow pretty easily for me, but i've never even seen a squash vine borer here, which I imagine could be a problem in Florida. As long as mine get enough water, and a couple of doses of fertilizer over the course of the growing season, the worst problem I've had has been powdery mildew late in the season.
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Kerpow
Jun 12, 2017 8:20 PM CST
Wow thanks for all of your advice! I will make sure the one little squash/pumpkin doesn't perish and I'll keep you all updated with pictures!
nodding WeedWhacker, you said that the flowers in the third photo are male flowers. Does that mean that there is a chance that only one vegetable is going to grow from these plants?

Also, I love how retro this forum is. It makes me miss the olden days.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 12, 2017 8:26 PM CST
" Does that mean that there is a chance that only one vegetable is going to grow from these plants"

Definitely not -- more and more flowers (both male and female) will continue to form as time goes by. (And, if you're so inclined, you can always eat some of the blossoms... lots of recipes on the internet; here's one to give you the idea of it: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/2... )
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Kerpow
Jun 12, 2017 8:42 PM CST
Woah woah woah!!! That is really cool. Thanks for sharing that. I'll definitely want to try that. Me and my boyfriend love cooking and trying new recipes!
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Philipwonel
Jun 13, 2017 10:14 AM CST
it could be a squash also.
If it it does turn out to be a pumkin, set it on a wood board, sitting straight up for roundness.
Bugs will eat through cardboard.
Id get board under it. Right now.
Give them a little manure every couple weeks.
If you want big pumpkins. Leave only one pumpkin per plant. Other pumpkins can be eaten when there about size of your fist or smaller, like a summer squash.
Besides birds planting seeds. Seeds that are buried to deep, can remain dormant for years. When soil is tilled, and brings them up to sprouting level. Presto !!! They grow.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 13, 2017 10:28 AM CST
"If you want big pumpkins. Leave only one pumpkin per plant. "

Unless it turns out to be a variety that naturally produces big pumpkins, you won't get big pumpkins no matter what you do to it. I like the idea of eating the small ones like summer squash, though -- never thought to try that with the winter squash. Thumbs up
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