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Are these zucchini?

Tuscaloosa, AL(Zone 7b)

I bought zucchini plants this year as I was running behind on getting my garden planted. They were all supposed to be the long dark green zucchini.

About half of the plants are producing these odd-shaped fruit, and there are three colors, too. Each one starts out as either light green, dark green or striped, and they don't change color as they get bigger. Each color is from a different plant. The plants sure look like bush zucchini. My daughter says they are gourds, but I've never seen bush-type gourds, only vine gourds.

Karen

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Delhi, LA

I agree with your daughter, I think they are goards.

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Don't look like gourds, probably a zuch crossed with something. The C.pepo family is very promiscuous. Where did you buy your plants, not all seed savers are very careful to get true seeds.

Marlin, TX


The one on the right vaguely resembles a Striata squash. One sure way to find out--cut into it and taste it. Of course, if you haven't tasted raw zucchini before, that's of little help. Zucchini, even crosses, will have a very tender skin. Gourds don't.
You may have a whole new vegetable to brag about!

Delhi, LA

Hey Texas, been missing you.

Orange, CA(Zone 10b)

Their coloring is similar to the Mexican zucchinis that I've seen at the market but the shape is different. Probably a cross.

Tuscaloosa, AL(Zone 7b)

I bought the plants from the Alabama Farmers Co-op. They are from Bonnie Plants. There were 9 plants in the pack. There is one of each of these, and the other six are regular dark green zucchinis. I thought it interesting that there is one plant of each of these three colors.

All appear to have the same zucchini leaves and all of them are bush-type plants, not vining plants. They have very tender skin. I've only tasted one gourd and that was years ago. That one tasted like nothing at all -- like eating paper. These have a very nice flavor, very mild, very zucchini-like, and when I cut them open they look like zucchini.

What would zucchini cross with? Scalloped squash?

Karen




Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Zucchini wil cross with straightnecks, crooknecks, scallops, some pumpkins and other winter squash. The only zuke Bonnie lists is Black Beauty so they must have messed up somewhere.

Tuscaloosa, AL(Zone 7b)

Yep, six of them were Black Beauty. All nine were supposed to be. If I save some of the seeds from them, would I get the same thing or something completely different? Could be interesting since they do taste good.

Karen

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Difficult to say. They cross pollinate readily.

Tuscaloosa, AL(Zone 7b)

I'll just enjoy my mystery zucchini then. Thank you for your help.

Karen

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

My vote: Incompletely pollinated zucchini. Should be great on the grill. :)

Tuscaloosa, AL(Zone 7b)

feldon30,

Incompletely pollinated zucchini?? Each of these came from a different plant. It's as if they are three different types of squash.

Karen

Los Angeles, CA

I agree they look like the Mexican Zucchinis that I've seen too, especially the one on the left. It would be interesting if you took the seeds to see what would come from them. :)

Tuscaloosa, AL(Zone 7b)

Shortly after I took that photo the plants died from too much water as did all my other squash plants. It rained and rained here all summer, ruining nearly everything in the garden, especially the squash and tomatoes. I was going to save seeds from the next ones I got, but there were no next ones.

Karen

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

They look like they crossed with a watermelon. Is that possible?
Lisa

Tuscaloosa, AL(Zone 7b)

Hi Lisa,

I don't think so. Definitely some kind of crossing among squashes. When I cut into them they looked sort of like zucchini but the seeds were really small. They tasted like zucchini and were good eating.

Karen

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Well, good eating is all that matters

sydney (menai), Australia

hi, Feldon 30 was meaning, i think, that not much pollen had gottn to them so without lots of seeds they didn't grow too big. They look a lot like the italian/ maltese zuccini that is good for stuffing, especially with that skin colour.
Crossing only occurs within species , so can cross with water melon or guord, or even hard skinned type of pumpkin, but if these zuccini bushes are distinct from the others, I'd ssay its a cross. If you want to hand pollinate then use a paper or cloth bag to exclude, you be able to breed that variety. Make sure you use male flowers from the same throw back type of plant and let the fruit get really big, the skin will go very hard. have fun.

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