Hi Everyone, I wasn't sure where to post this, so I thought I would try here. I collected seeds from my red pumpkin and about 8 varieties of small ornamental squash/gourds. I was recently told two things that concerned me. First, that washing them increases the chance of killing them, as it washes away some protective covering. Second, that I wouldn't recognize what grew from them, and the chances of me getting more red pumpkins and the different squash were very small, but the chances of me getting an orange/red/green splotchy thing were high. Can someone give me a reality check on this?
beakerlj, it depends on the provenance of the seeds. If the pumpkins/squash were hybrids, their seeds will most likely revert to a parent plant. If they cross-pollinated, you get a brand new variety! If you have the room to grow them, you might be pleasantly surprised. However, if you want to know what you're growing it would be best to purchase new seeds (which is contrary to the inner farmer, but there you are).
Yea, I'm still learning which seeds will produce completely new plants, and which will replicate their parents. Sigh. There goes my excuse for buying the expensive red pumpkin. I'll have to think of these like I do my daylily seeds.
Any advice on the whole "wash 'em kills 'em" idea?