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I bought seeds at Burpee because this sounded like the best winter squash I had ever heard of. Not fond of many types of winter squash but been thinking of those small scallowed types sometimes seen at the supermart. Been totally put off by the vining habit of winter squashes. But I saw this and had never even considered a spagetti squash before. And it is supposed to be a bush variety.
I Googled cooking the spagetti squash and watched some tube videos. Made myself hungry with the cooking demonstations. Yummy!
I put a ladders over my vining squash (I have 6 in about 15 square feet). I then train them to climb the ladders. I seem to have a picture of every other bed... but not that one. It works great. Extra benefit is keeping the fruit off the ground. ( have collected several wooden ladders over the years from freecycle).
My seeds came from Burpee so I just sowed 4 seeds of the Tivoli winter squash. I intend to put them in twenty inch pots like the one I have the melons in. Sowed four seeds to make sure that something comes up. But only going to do one plant per container. But I am trying to think up a spot were I coould but some in ground.
I finally took a couple of pictures of the ladders. The front ones are cantaloupes, the back are butternut and buttercup squash. The plants were late to thrive (they only really started to grow when I threatened to pull them!), but they are coming on strong now.
Here is my spagetti Squash TIVOLI that I grew from seed. Those leaves are enormous, way bigger than my hand! I have this in a 20 inch pot but I can see I should have had a bigger pot for it. In that above okra picture you can see a section of a Tivoli leaf sticking into the picture. Like I said, those green pots are 20 inches accross so you can tell the leaf is pretty big.
Rita, did you have to hand pollinate the squash flowers? The reason I ask, is that last year I tried a pumpkin vine and didn't get any fruit. This year I'm growing several types of calabash and cantaloupe, I'm watching the flowers daily for hope I will get fruits eventually. Thanks.
Well, I have never had to hand pollinate canalopes or cucumbers, the bees do it for me. But early this spring I had to pollinate all my squash for weeks as there were no bees nearby on them. Now that the eggplants have been flowering the eggplant and squash patch is full of bees. So no more hand polination required.
I never polinated that spagetti squash. The bees mush have done it.
Kim, do you grow zucchini? If so get Cavilli, it does not require pollination. I grew mine from seed. It just cranks out the fruit also.
Rita, I haven't tried growing Zuke, but having watching your success. I hope to grow some in the near future. Thanks.
NicoleC, if you're here, could you tell me if by this time it's too late in the season for me to try my hands on new Zuke and squash? I know our growing season is slightly longer than -- say -- where Rita is in zone 6b.
My one and only fruit. Plant was a real mess, stems fill of borers and leaves of powdery mildew. I pulled the plant and bagged it for the garbage. I will not be growing this next year. Not worth the space and effort.