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Post  spoolnaround on 6/19/2013, 9:33 pm

I did a quick search but found nada on specific info.  I want to save some of my Black Beauties to plant next year.  How big should I let them grow before I harvest for seed?
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Re: saving zucinni seeds

Post  cheyannarach on 6/20/2013, 12:38 am

I had the same question last year and these were the responses I got. Hope it helps!

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t13358-how-to-save-zucchini-seeds?highlight=zucchini+seeds
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Post  happycamper on 6/20/2013, 1:10 am

"How big should I let them grow before I harvest for seed?"
My answer, "BIG".  I will let one or two grow huge to make sure I have nice big mature seeds.  After I save the seed I use the rest for relish, zucchini bread or I give it to the chickens.  Happy Gardening!
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Post  Pollinator on 6/20/2013, 3:07 pm

Once you start letting your zukes grow large enough to produce mature seeds, your season is done, so make this your project for the end of the season.

Remember too, that zukes will freely cross with other squash and pumpkins, so, if these are around and blooming, you'll need to hand pollinate and mark the ones that you con't allow to cross. Otherwise your zukes will not come true next year.

The one saving grace here is that I've never seen a squash cross that wasn't good to eat anyway. A lot of species tend to degrade the next generation when they are crossed, but not squash.
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Post  spoolnaround on 6/20/2013, 6:42 pm

@Pollinator wrote:Once you start letting your zukes grow large enough to produce mature seeds, your season is done, so make this your project for the end of the season.

Remember too, that zukes will freely cross with other squash and pumpkins, so, if these are around and blooming, you'll need to hand pollinate and mark the ones that you con't allow to cross. Otherwise your zukes will not come true next year.

The one saving grace here is that I've never seen a squash cross that wasn't good to eat anyway. A lot of species tend to degrade the next generation when they are crossed, but not squash.

I have crookneck not too far away but I totally agree with you about what ever grows it will be good.

Thanks for the answers as I have one that is quite larger than I like to grow them. I guess I will pick and eat it and wait until the end of the season for my seed squash.
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