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Old August 15, 2014   #16
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So here is the cross squash. I had to take the vines out as they were dead from powdery mildew. My plan is to ripen this on the table on our deck where the squash will receive a lot of sun (we've had very favorable powdery mildew weather lately, warm sunny days and rather cool moist nights). From what I've read I think this will let the squash mature and have viable seeds. Does/has anyone done this with squash/pumpkins?
It should work out fine, though I would take care to protect the squash from squirrels. I had a set of ripening sunflower heads go missing last year for lack of protection.
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Old October 9, 2014   #17
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I stored my mature Lemon x Tatume squash in the basement for about 4 weeks and harvested the seeds. Looking forward to growing the F1 next year, as you can see I have plenty of seeds!
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Old October 9, 2014   #18
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Great project. Thanks for the update. Looking forward to more next summer and the summer after.
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Old October 18, 2014   #19
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Just found this thread. Very interesting. I'm crossing the hybrid Zephyr with Lemon. Really like both of them. My original goal was two-fold. First, cross the F1s with early prolific yellow to get a sweater, yet denser yellow that is super prolific and potentially have subtle taste tones early prolific doesn't have. Second, with Zephyr being a hybrid, there will be numerous fun F2s to get some interesting surprises to develop another line or maybe two. I was successful in the cross this year and thought I'd try a couple seeds in a 5-gallon bucket just to see their shape/colors. Well, those 2 plants are now producing and it's already kind of cool to see their fruit/leaves. I'll attach a pic of a fruit on each plant. Thoughts are that an OP x hybrid brings some consistency, but not dominant consistency, like OP x OP. Having a blast. One is acorn-like, the other is pear like and they both have green ends. If you have an interest, we could chat it up privately and exchange pics and even seeds at some point. Just a thought.
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Old October 18, 2014   #20
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Sounds like we both have similar projects going. So what are your pictures crosses from? The zephyr x lemon or that f1 with the other squash? I haven't grown zephyr, I'm assuming it is bush habit? One of the most important goals in my project to select for vining habit from the Tatume since I grow my summer squash vertically. I'm looking forward to growing the f1 next year, side by side both parents for comparisons. You should start a thread to document your project it would be neat to see your progress. I'd be happy to share any seed if interested I've got over 100 f1 seed.
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Old October 19, 2014   #21
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Sounds like we both have similar projects going. So what are your pictures crosses from? The zephyr x lemon or that f1 with the other squash? I haven't grown zephyr, I'm assuming it is bush habit? One of the most important goals in my project to select for vining habit from the Tatume since I grow my summer squash vertically. I'm looking forward to growing the f1 next year, side by side both parents for comparisons. You should start a thread to document your project it would be neat to see your progress. I'd be happy to share any seed if interested I've got over 100 f1 seed.
The pics are of Zephyr x Lemon. I could save the seed for F2s. The ones in the pics will be dissected/eaten. Then, will save seed for F2s. They're in a greenhouse so no pollinators and I can ensure crosses are accurate. I grew both Zephyr and Zucchino Romanesco (Zucchini) in the greenhouse. I trimmed leaves off below every fruit taken. The Zucchini "vined" to 15' tall before I killed it. The Zephyr went about 9'or so and both were not even close to done. Had to go on vacation so I whacked 'em. I did this on purpose to see if I could get squash to grow up tomato twine in the greenhouse (smaller footprint). I found out that you sure can. I would love to have some seed or exchange or whatever else you're ok with. Later, in the growout, you can have seed back from whatever I grow that intrigues you. I document everything I do at my youtube channel including what I said here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_O...5ubnEI7D2BAe5A

My email is "c3voyage@gmail.com".
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Sounds like we both have similar projects going. So what are your pictures crosses from? The zephyr x lemon or that f1 with the other squash? I haven't grown zephyr, I'm assuming it is bush habit? One of the most important goals in my project to select for vining habit from the Tatume since I grow my summer squash vertically. I'm looking forward to growing the f1 next year, side by side both parents for comparisons. You should start a thread to document your project it would be neat to see your progress. I'd be happy to share any seed if interested I've got over 100 f1 seed.
The pics are of Zephyr x Lemon. I could save the seed for F2s. The ones in the pics will be dissected/eaten. Then, will save seed for F2s. They're in a greenhouse so no pollinators and I can ensure crosses are accurate. I grew both Zephyr and Zucchino Romanesco (Zucchini) in the greenhouse. I trimmed leaves off below every fruit taken. The Zucchini "vined" to 15' tall before I killed it. The Zephyr went about 9'or so and both were not even close to done. Had to go on vacation so I whacked 'em. I did this on purpose to see if I could get squash to grow up tomato twine in the greenhouse (smaller footprint). I found out that you sure can. I would love to have some seed or exchange or whatever else you're ok with. Later, in the growout, you can have seed back from whatever I grow that intrigues you. I document everything I do at my youtube channel including what I said here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_O...5ubnEI7D2BAe5A

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Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Sounds like we both have similar projects going. So what are your pictures crosses from? The zephyr x lemon or that f1 with the other squash? I haven't grown zephyr, I'm assuming it is bush habit? One of the most important goals in my project to select for vining habit from the Tatume since I grow my summer squash vertically. I'm looking forward to growing the f1 next year, side by side both parents for comparisons. You should start a thread to document your project it would be neat to see your progress. I'd be happy to share any seed if interested I've got over 100 f1 seed.
Have you tried Costata romanesca? Nice long vines and very dense, tasty zuchinni, but better than most zuchinni. The squash are still delicious when baseball bat size!
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Old October 20, 2014   #24
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I haven't tried that squash. I recall reading conflicting information about its habit. Will it easily climb a trellis? I'll have to give those a try along side the other squash this year. Sounds like a good tasting squash. Thanks!
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Hey bud. Here's my first hybrid picked to eat about 5 days ago. Picked a second 3 days ago and cooked up both. They were VERY good. Wife said, "Mostly like a yellow crooked neck with hints of butternut." 16 yo loves squash and has tried every variety I've ever grown. She said, "This is the best one yet." They both loved the shiny mottled colors. Me? Tasted really good like a dense, creamy Early Straightneck. I will attempt to stabilize the F1s. Already selfed the plant in the pic for a huge F2 growout next spring. Hope the rest of the season allows the squash to mature to seed. Fingers crossed.

Again, I'd love to trade seed with your cross. Let me know. Also, don't want to start a thread. Not into the constant logging, but I surely don't want to hijack yours either so this will be my last post. Love this stuff. Don't you?
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No worries about posting here, I enjoy reading the posts. It is a very nice looking squash! I hope winter comes late and your seeds mature. Good luck with your F2 growing next year! I'd love to trade but I have a small garden and wouldn't have room to grow my project and parent squash plus yours, but I would be happy to mail you some of my F1 seed, just PM your mailing address.

And yes this stuff is great. I can't wait to see the variety in the F2 stage. Your F1 gives me A lot of hope for a very tasty crop of F1 in 2015.
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No worries about posting here, I enjoy reading the posts. It is a very nice looking squash! I hope winter comes late and your seeds mature. Good luck with your F2 growing next year! I'd love to trade but I have a small garden and wouldn't have room to grow my project and parent squash plus yours, but I would be happy to mail you some of my F1 seed, just PM your mailing address.

And yes this stuff is great. I can't wait to see the variety in the F2 stage. Your F1 gives me A lot of hope for a very tasty crop of F1 in 2015.
Sent a "message". I assume that's PM. Can you tell I'm not active in posting? I read A BUNCH though.
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Seeds are packaged up. Just have to get stamps tomorrow, we're out. They'll be in the mail Monday if not tomorrow.

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Seeds are packaged up. Just have to get stamps tomorrow, we're out. They'll be in the mail Monday if not tomorrow.

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Thank you Justin. Much appreciated! Monty
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I haven't tried that squash. I recall reading conflicting information about its habit. Will it easily climb a trellis? I'll have to give those a try along side the other squash this year. Sounds like a good tasting squash. Thanks!
It will climb a trellis. It has a lot of big leaves in the center like a "bush" but then it spreads with vines quite far. It is a huge plant,though.
Spaghetti squash is also c.pepo I think. Mine have always made big,viney plants.
I grew Tatume this year and ended up giving them to the chickens. Just wasn't a fan.
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