zucchini cross?

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  1. Use Less

    Use Less Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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
     
  2. elmtree3

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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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    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.
     
  4. geo in mi

    geo in mi Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.

    geo
     
  5. Dusky Beauty

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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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    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.
     
  7. woodsy

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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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  8. geo in mi

    geo in mi Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Per the chart, Blue Hubbard (c. Maxima) won't cross with Zuchinni (c. Pepo)...must have been something else???

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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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    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.

    Martin