Vegetables and Fruit forum: Cucurbitus question

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Name: katie
Mulege, Mexico (Baja CAliforni (Zone 11a)
Aug 14, 2017 11:42 AM CST
Here in the subtropical where I live, squash and gourds do well in some places but not others. Where I live now, and hope to be forever, they germinate and begin to grow well, then wither up and die. My most recent failure was spaghetti squash which grew well, set a lot of fruit and then dried up and died well before any could be harvested. The same thing has happened with other squash and gourds. I've not seen any visible holes, bugs, etc. I've seen comments about DE and wonder if it might be a good experiment to spread some around. I can try that. I'm wondering if anyone has any other suggestions. I grew lots of gourds and luffa sponges at my previous home. I know they aren't freezing (!) but would appreciate other ideas.

Thanks, katie
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Aug 14, 2017 12:17 PM CST
You might try Chayote (Sechium edule), Tatume (C. Pepo). There are other types commonly grown in Mexico which may be better suited to your climate than those developed for more temperate climates. The gourds and loofas, I would suspect soil conditions or diseases as these grow well in India and southeast Asia.

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