Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Not Delicata Squash - But What is It?

I thought I only planted one type of winter squash this year, Delicata. I planted three plants in a row and provided plenty of space for them to vine out. One plant was larger then the others at the time of transplant. This plant continued to grow and is now crowding out the others. The plant is a bit bushier than I expected from the Delicata:


I curiously watched the first fruit form and slowly mature:


Today I noticed that it seemed to take on a creamy color with some faint green lines:


Here is another young fruit:



I am guessing maybe Sweet Dumpling squash? I've never grown Sweet Dumpling, but it is one of the offerings from the place I purchased the seeds. What do you think?

13 comments:

  1. Tainted seed packet, no doubt, but great freebie ! Looks like a lovely squash ! (on google)

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    1. Definitely not what was expected but hopefully something that will be good. It sure is interesting wondering just what it is.

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  2. Looks like a nice acorn. Hope it's enjoyable.

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    1. I thought it kind of looked like acorn too, but then it turned a creamy color with some faint green lines. I guess we shall see :)

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  3. I was thinking it looks like an acorn! I'm having a similar experience; I planted what should have been two pattypan squashes and noticed one plant was distinctly smaller and as it grew the leaves were different. It's setting fruit now, but the little squashes are round, not scalloped. It'll be interesting to see what develops.

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    1. It is funny that you have a mystery squash as well. I thought acorn too at first, but then it turned a creamy color so now I don't know. A few more fruit have formed over the past couple of days. Whatever it is, I hope it tastes good.

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  4. It does resemble Sweet Dumpling so far. I had a Carnival squash volunteer around our compost pile a few years ago. Which is amazing, because I've never grown them, or bought them! Mystery plants are fun.

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    1. Mystery plants ARE fun. I wouldn't mind Sweet Dumpling.

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  5. That's funny, we've got a mystery plant here too!

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    1. I don't mind the mystery as long as it produces something edible :)

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  6. I hope your mystery squash is delicious, but I hope you got some Delicata, too. Delicata is my favorite, so I'd be a bit bummed if I ended up with something else due to an error by the seed supplier. -Jean

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    1. Jean, I have two more Delicata plants. One has begun to form more Delicata shaped fruit. The other is unfortunately crowed out by this bushy mystery squash. So I hope to harvest some this fall. Just not as many as I planned.

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  7. I don't mind an occasional mystery plant as long as they don't all end up being off type from a seed packet. I think it might be Sweet Dumpling or some closely related variety.

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