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Old January 4, 2017   #181
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nice project!

I'm thinking about starting my own odd cross. I'd like to cross a white acorn squash with yellow crookedneck squash. I will need to backcross once or twice at some point to recover the bumpy crookedneck growth, but i want the white color. I want a white croockedneck squash. Not sure why, i just do.
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Old January 4, 2017   #182
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Thanks! Good luck with your project, crossing squash couldn't be easier!
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Old July 1, 2017   #183
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Default The Story of Justin's Squash

I finally found an F2 generation worth carrying forward. The breeding for it is:

Selfed x (BC Lemon x Justin's LT F1 Seed). I am going to do a video on how I got to this point and put it up on my YouTube channel soon. I attached a pic of the plant. I really like the super aggressive growth, lots of branching, production, and dense yellow fruit that are really tasty. I would have like more pattern on the surface like the parent. Maybe it'll come back in an F3.
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Old July 1, 2017   #184
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Interesting! How large are the squash? From perspective, I'm guessing maybe half dollar size? Do you plan to select/breed for a larger size?
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Old July 1, 2017   #185
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Interesting! How large are the squash? From perspective, I'm guessing maybe half dollar size? Do you plan to select/breed for a larger size?
Hummm, let me start with a reference. A baseball is just under 3" in diameter. Sounds small, but it's a good chunk of fruit. The main seed squash is 4" in diameter today. I measured it for you. I've been picking fruit at about 2.5" in diameter. Could wait and pick larger I guess. The plant you see in this pic, is the plant in the video I'm about to put up--same time/day. My hand is all over the fruit so you get an idea of fruit size although none are ready to pick.

This plant produces dense squash like the Lemon Squash so it takes longer to get bigger. Denser is definitely my preference. Thinking about it, I don't select for the larger sizes in breeding. I could breed for size I guess easily enough, but it would be a novelty thing for me.

I've got 4 squash lines I'm working on. The only one with any size is the butternut because it's a storage squash and few of them on the vine. Anyway, those are my thoughts on it all.
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Old July 6, 2017   #186
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Great stuff Brent! I'll have to check out your video, glad you've got something you love. My F3 squash this year is late and limited due to two episodes of chipmunks digging out the sprouting seeds. I never have had a chipmunk problem before, let's just say they no longer are gracing the Earth with their presence. So we'll see what I get this year, but next year maybe a return to the F3 given the limited plants I've got that didn't get chipmunked.
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Old July 9, 2017   #187
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Here's the video. The part about Justin isn't too far from the beginning.

https://youtu.be/8WgdOUfc41c
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I didn't find anything out of this world in my 2017 screening of F2 seed (late start due to chipmunks didn't help). In 2018 I'm doing another round of F2 seed--those seeds have started to emerge over the weekend.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #189
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I'm growing out my LLT F3 again. I didn't get what I wanted out of grows last year specifically the striped balls. I Have 8 or 10 plants growing, and coincidentally, I'm putting out a video where you can see them (in general) today. They're starting to fruit.
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Awesome to know you're still kicking with this project too Brent! I'll look forward to your updates.
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I'll snap some pics in the near future.
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Default 2018 LLT

This year's Lemon x Lemon-Tatume (LLT) are some fairly big plants. They have some green at both ends, but a couple seem to be losing it as it grows producing some yellow only fruit. Here's a couple snaps for now.
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Beautiful looking squash Brent! Hope the flavor is there too! I’m a bit behind

But very hot temps have growth going fast. I will select for 1 plant in each spot after I can get hints of vigor, habit, etc.
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Beautiful looking squash Brent! Hope the flavor is there too! I’m a bit behind

But very hot temps have growth going fast. I will select for 1 plant in each spot after I can get hints of vigor, habit, etc.
Very cool. I'll try to update regularly.
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One of the biggest things I'm trying to do is lock in the pattern I like so much from the LLT F2 grow I had on one plant. This is the third time I've grown it out without a specific plant that has the pattern. Most of the time, the pattern is muted or, in the case, this grow, it's not quite right. So, I'm taking a different route. I've two squash (siblings) that I'm going to cross. One is a green, round, that has Tatume type lines in it and the other is a yellow, but has some ridging and oblong characteristics. The thing they both have in common is the bright, beautiful pattern I want. I'll attach some pics. With the sibling F2 cross, I'm hoping to lock the pattern down and get some variance in color and shape. The end goal is a uniform, bight yellow, symmetrical round fruit with the pattern. Possibly a shiny lighter green if not. I'd like to know anyone's thoughts on the approach.
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