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Vegetable Gardening: Inside-Out Zucchini?

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Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2003
6:28 PM

Post #613021

Look how strange this thing grew. It went right through the flower part and grew inside out

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Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2003
6:28 PM

Post #613022

here's a closer look

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Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

August 12, 2003
9:55 PM

Post #613173

That's very strange! I'm glad you got a picture of it. Are the others on the same plant normal? If you saved those seeds and planted them I wonder what you would get next year.
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2003
1:33 AM

Post #629732

WOW, that is one strange lookin' zucchini! Did just one plant produce that unique zuke or are other zucchini plants doing the same sort of thing? Here is just a thought, but are you having a higher than average amount of rainfall during this growing season? I don't know if that would cause this unusual growth or if it is a defect in the seed. BTW, which variety of zucchini produced this growth?

I would try to get someone to give you a more definitive answer. Perhaps, taking the zucchini to your local nursery and see if a horticulturist can explain this strange growth. Or you might want to try your state agricultural extension center. They may be able to shed some light on this interesting phenomena.

Please post again when you find out the answer. I would be very interested to know what has caused it.
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2003
10:10 PM

Post #630602

Shirley, I only had one zucchini plant that I had growing in a pot and it produced only one that was like that as we ate all the others...LOL

It's long gone by now as it just shriveled up. So no way to get it looked at now. Sorry :(


Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 29, 2003
10:25 PM

Post #631703

Pretty sure this is caused by a disformed flower. We've had several like that over the years. Rest of the plant will be OK most of the time. Other misformed Zucchini are the work of squash mozaic viris. Pull & discard those plants as it will spread to others.
Franklin, NC
(Zone 6b)

August 31, 2003
4:01 AM

Post #632886

I used to see it fairly often when evaluating F2 seedlings from new crosses. It was a trait that was selected away from... everted ovlaries... a trait to avoid. Ugly, huh? If you save seeds, I'd suggest avoiding this one. Some types seem to be more succeptible to it than others.
Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 14, 2003
3:58 PM

Post #648431

This message was edited Sep 14, 2003 2:31 PM
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 14, 2003
8:03 PM

Post #648652

I have never in my life seen anything like that! Glad you took the picture and shared with us.

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