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Eight ball (geode) squash field trial

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Eight ball (geode) squash field trial

Post  Mamachibi on 7/30/2012, 7:36 pm

I planted a single Eight Ball (geode) summer squash seed as a field trial this year. Luckily, I planted it on a corner where it can grow "out of bounds." If it were in the center of the box, it would take up the entire four foot square box. This thing is enormous! The leaves are each as large as both my hands next to each other.

I've only gotten one squash from it, and it's adorable: about fist-sized and just as round as, well, an eight ball! It makes nice, even slices and has good flavor. The next fruit I get from this plant will be stuffed and served whole.

I'm kind of surprised that such a huge plant has such a small yield, but I guess when you get into strange varieties that can happen. It was not bothered at all by insects other than the ants who loved to climb inside its large yellow flowers. Overall, I probably will not grow it again because of the size requirement to yield.
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Post  southern gardener on 7/30/2012, 7:45 pm

Can you post a pic of it? I love to grow things like that! Congrats Smile
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Re: Eight ball (geode) squash field trial

Post  cheyannarach on 7/30/2012, 8:16 pm

Maybe your nitrogen is too high?
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Re: Eight ball (geode) squash field trial

Post  Mamachibi on 7/30/2012, 10:56 pm

I'll get right on that photo.


cheyannarach, I used Mel's mix, didn't fertilize and the other plants are yielding well (tomatoes are going bananas, for example.)
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Post  Mamachibi on 8/2/2012, 9:29 pm

Eight ball squash taking up most of a four foot square:


Size of leaf:


Cute little fruit:
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Post  southern gardener on 8/2/2012, 11:49 pm

that IS a cool one! congrats! loving those big old green leaves! hoping I get them too, along with pumpkins and squash!!
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