Vegetables and Fruit forum: Name this gourd

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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
May 2, 2018 10:27 AM CST
This came up - in mulch pile:
Is it gourd or squash? Edible or ornamental?


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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
May 2, 2018 10:55 AM CST
Odds are it will better used as an ornamental. Many of the colorful ornamental gourds are C. pepo squash. Edible but not palatable. This one could be a mongrel with standard C. pepo parentage. May or may not taste very good. Did you have any ornamental gourds in the vicinity last year? IT looks like a cross between a warted straight neck and a Zephyr
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Irises Composter Butterflies Bookworm
Bluebonnets Daylilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Amaryllis Cottage Gardener Clematis
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piksihk
May 3, 2018 1:06 PM CST
@famerdill, yes, come to think of it, DH purchased a bag of gourds/squash for $1 bag. I must have added it to my compost pile.
Thanks for you help.
While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
May 3, 2018 3:34 PM CST
Many years we have planted "mixed gourds" and these are prolific. Great for fall decorations along with all the other kinds that come in the seed packages.

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