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Old 08/09/12, 12:14 PM
 
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zucchini cross?

Something that looks like a zucchini plant came up as a volunteer, and now has one large fruit, skin resembling a grey zucchini, but a long cylinder 9" in length and 5" across. Would a zuke have crossed with a pumpkin or winter squash and proved fertile? Not likely to be more fruits. A borer got in there, and looks like I didn't open it up enough to have killed the thing w/a wire Sue

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Old 08/09/12, 10:26 PM
 
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Yes. Zucchini and pumkins are in the same family(c. pepo) and will cross. Last year I grew pumkins and spaghetti squash next to each other. Some seeds ended up in the manure pile, and it looks like I will have some orange spaghetti-looking squash this year.....I wonder what they'll taste like???

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Old 08/10/12, 06:03 AM
 
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I have a volunteer which looks like a cross between a butternut squash and a zephr zucchini (part yellow, light green at the tip.) Can't wait to see if it's edible.

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Old 08/10/12, 07:35 AM
 
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Here is a crossing chart of many of the named varieties in each group, as found in Post #21 of the "Fireside" sticky above: Pollination of Vine Crops
Since this is c. Pepo, a very large group, you could be getting a cross of anything you planted last year. Or your neighbors.....

Hope this will help.

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Old 08/11/12, 01:21 PM
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I accidentally ended up with some "puccinis" last year (pumpkin zucc cross) and they were delish. It was very popular in our house for "puccini bread".

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Old 08/11/12, 05:21 PM
 
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I've had interesting zucchini/yelllow summer squash hybrids volunteers before. Half is green, half is yellow, divided directly in the middle.

Not sure if it's a cross pollination or just a hybrid reverting. Either way, we ate it.

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Old 08/11/12, 05:44 PM
 
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And i saved some Blue Hubbard squash seed one year to plant the next season.
The hubbard evidently got crossed with nearby zucchini that year and i grew some very
impressive sized Blue Hubbard Squash that following season.
One went nearly twenty lbs. ! Had no appearance of zucchini either.
Took me a while to realize what had happened .
They were very tasty squash just the same.

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Old 08/12/12, 07:05 AM
 
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And i saved some Blue Hubbard squash seed one year to plant the next season.
The hubbard evidently got crossed with nearby zucchini that year and i grew some very
impressive sized Blue Hubbard Squash that following season.
One went nearly twenty lbs. ! Had no appearance of zucchini either.
Took me a while to realize what had happened .
They were very tasty squash just the same.
Per the chart, Blue Hubbard (c. Maxima) won't cross with Zuchinni (c. Pepo)...must have been something else???

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Old 08/12/12, 07:46 AM
 
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Well thats interesting, could be that i got lucky and grew a huge B. Hubbard squash.
Should have taken it to the fair for that blue ribbon.
I know they can get quite large but just never happened here before.

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Old 08/12/12, 10:21 AM
 
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There are no zucchini or other summer squash in the C. maxima species. There are zucchini in the C. moschata species. C. maxima and C. moschata may cross.

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