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Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 31, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9064264

Cuke or Squash, that is the question! (Sprouted up in my tomato seedlings, not sure were he came from, or what he is. Could even be a melon, I guess.)

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HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 1, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9065297

Could be anyone of the those you mentioned. They all look alike when they are young.

What did you have growing there last year? That might give you a clue.

I have volunteer melons popping up all over the garden this spring. I know they are melons, because I didn't grow squash or cucumbers last year.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9065411

No a cuke and I don't think a summer squash. The primary leaves are those of the cucumber/squash family, but I don't know about the secondary leaf.
LiseP
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 1, 2012
9:14 AM

Post #9065422

There's a volunteer squash growing in one of my garden beds too. It's grown up far enough that I know it's not a cuke. Anyway, I am hating to pull it, but I'm thinking that it's not worth spending the space, for second gen results. Maybe I can move it -- just to see what it will do.

Sequee, just grow it out a bit more and it may become more evident.
LiseP
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 1, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9065423

Yeah, I was thinking it looked more melon-y than anything else, but with all the varieties out there, who knows?
Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9065941

I reused the dirt from pots that didn't germinate last season, so there was obviously a seed in there that was just waiting for a second chance. Guess I'll find out. It's awfully early for a melon if that's what it is, so it will be interesting to see if I can keep the lil thaing alive!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9066165

I still don't have any volunteers of any sort. I'm actually 2 growing regions lower then SA, but it's hard to believe it's hay much cooler here. Even last year, when it was so hot no volunteer tomatoes showed up until mid April, long after I had planted my tomatoes. Just seems strange that this little microclimate can be that different.

Anyway, my guess was cucumber...Cathy how can you tell it's not a cuke?

It strange that it took a full year to germinate...I guess we will find out...
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2012
10:47 PM

Post #9066276

Cucumber leaves are multi-lobed - I think 5 lobes. But as you can see by the photo, it's possible that the young leaf might start out differently.

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1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9067527

Guess I never looked that close. Too busy looking for fruit to look at foliage. Lol
Thanks
mccaine
Wilmington, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2012
5:30 AM

Post #9067824

We compost our jack-o-lanterns so I think this vine that started in my lettuce is pumpkin. Do you compost your pumpkins? The weird thing is, these are new (Feb) beds in the same spot as the old beds with new nursery blend soil from the mulch shop! Maybe a bird or squirrell dropped a seed from my compost.

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Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 3, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #9068236

LOL - some seeds just have minds of their own, I guess. Nice looking lettuce patch!
Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #9082302

Maybe now that he's a little bigger someone can give me an id?

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1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9082311

I still think cucumber. Maybe different types have different shaped leaves. Im terrible at this, but that is my guess, and Im sticking to it!
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9082596

The leaf on the right looks like a cucumber tome.
Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2012
4:08 PM

Post #9085176

Ok, I'll go with that. It's actually the best choice since it's so big already and its waaay too early for melons to be this big, and really too early for the squash as well. The cukes are a bit more tolerant, so they would have the highest likelihood of survival. Sure was eager to get started after waiting for so long!

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