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Post  mollyhespra on 8/12/2013, 8:59 pm

Thanks for the well-wishes.  I'll certainly pass those along when I get an update from him.  I know how bad MRSA can be & I am quite worried for him.

On a more positive note, the yellow squash was quite yummy & tasty after being grilled "plain" with just some olive oil for company, so I think "Molly" is a keeper!  

That being said, I think I need to harvest the squash a little earlier than I did & ignore the green tinges on the spines.  (I had been waiting for the whole thing to turn yellow under the assumption that it needed to be all-yellow.)  The seeds were about 3/8" long and still tender, but I think a day or two earlier would have been better.  

So, here's to "Molly" and a speedy recovery for my friend!  

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Post  camprn on 8/12/2013, 9:15 pm

Oh, so glad to hear they're tasty!
Near the end of the season, leaving a few to get as big as can be will get good seeds.......... I can hardly wait!

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Post  GWN on 8/12/2013, 9:16 pm

I wonder if you could get away with growing one in a pot and bringing it in in the fall before the frost. I wonder if you could get some seeds that way study

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Post  martha on 8/13/2013, 2:57 pm

Best wishes to your friend. You may wish to suggest to him that he either eat yoghurt or take acidophilus while he's on antibiotics. He might be on them for a long, long time. It was seven months for me.

Ok, back to the squash!

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Re: Help ID this squash, please?

Post  mollyhespra on 8/13/2013, 9:59 pm

@GWN wrote:I wonder if you could get away with growing one in a pot and bringing it in in the fall before the frost. I wonder if you could get some seeds that way  study
GWN, if I had known the "importance" of this squash I might have been tempted to plant it in a 5-gal bucket and do as you suggest. I would probably have quickly regretted it, however, being as it's easily 3-foot in diameter and very prickly, LOL!

As it is, it's planted along one edge of a box, so I'm thinking that if push comes to shove, I can make a mini-greenhouse for it, but at the rate these squashes seem to grow (I harvested another one today), I'll get a ripe one well before first frost. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway. happy sunshine 

Martha: Good suggestion about the yogurt. I'll certainly pass that along. thanks 

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Post  Triciasgarden on 8/13/2013, 11:41 pm

I like the name "Molly" and good luck on the  pollination!  I think it will be fun to see how your experiment progresses!  My son says it's name should be "Squish Squash"!

 I hope your friend licks that MRSA!  Oh Martha I can't believe it takes so long!

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Re: Help ID this squash, please?

Post  mollyhespra on 11/14/2013, 11:00 pm

BUMP!

OK, so I have one big, ripe, deep yellow "Molly" squash from which I hope to get seeds.   I'm doing a little experiment to see how long she keeps as a winter squash, so I haven't harvested the actual seeds yet, but if anyone is interested in putting their dibs in for when/if I can get some, PM me!

 to funny-looking squash!

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Post  Goosegirl on 11/16/2013, 11:14 am

Been gone a while, just got up to speed on this squash.  WHAT A BEAUTY!!!  I love garden surprises like that!  I hope you get lots of seeds to give it a go for the new Molly Sqash strain.

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Re: Help ID this squash, please?

Post  mollyhespra on 5/30/2014, 9:38 pm

BUMP again.  I'm about to mail out seeds to those who got on my list last year & I still have quite a bit of seeds from the saved squash.  She kept very well, actually.  Hard as a rock until a few weeks ago when I noticed a small spot on one side and figured it was time.   Unfortunately, even if I hadn't waited so long, I'm not so sure she'd make for a good winter squash because her insides were very tough & stringy.  BUT she made for good eating as a summer squash.  So, if anyone wants some seeds, PM me.

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Post  mollyhespra on 7/12/2014, 3:19 pm

BUMP again for an update.
 
I started 3 plants from the original seedstock and they now have flowers, all male, but at least the females can't be far behind.

I decided against starting any plants from the second generation due to limited space and also because I want to see if any of the original seeds will produce ribbed squashes.  If they do, then I can hand-pollinate those and next year I'll have seeds from two different ribbed squashes to grow out (last and this years').  Which I can use to cross-pollinate each other. 

(I know next to nothing about genetics, so if anyone more knowledgeable can pipe in, I'd sure appreciate it.)

Having said that, this is where my thinking is at: if I call the ribbed squash I got last year an F1, then anyone growing seeds from that generation will have a 3:1 chance of getting ribbed squashes, providing the ribs are a dominant trait.

Beyond that, into generation F3, I'm not sure how it would work out, but let's take this one generation at a time.

I suppose if worse came to worse, then some of us might end up with ribless straightneck squashes (which is what I was supposed to be buying in the first place), either because it's the lonely 1 in 3 in the F2 generation or because not all the original seeds came from the same squash.  I'm hoping they did, since the other original seedling I gave to a friend last year also had ribbed offspring. 

If those of you that I sent seeds to could give an update on which generation seed you're growing out, and if you're seeing ribs, it would sure help keep things going.

 

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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/12/2014, 4:51 pm

Molly,

So far, the seeds I planted (original) are doing well, and I should see blossoms within the next week or so.  Will send updates as they occur.

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Re: Help ID this squash, please?

Post  GWN on 7/13/2014, 11:45 pm

I have a very nice healthy plant of the original one growing, no flowers yet.
I have really struggled to get the second year (MOLLY) growing. Mostly through fault of my own, I think
I have tried to sprout them first before putting them in the ground, but somehow each one I have somehow destroyed accidentally before getting them in the ground.  I currently have one that has sprouted and seems to be FINALLY getting off to a good start.
I have unfortunately been away for 5 days, and checking the temps back home,  it has been 95-100 degrees since I left.
I fly home tomorrow and so will give you a more up to date UPDATE.  Smile
Thanks again, I am quite excited about this

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Post  mollyhespra on 8/3/2014, 10:49 pm

Update:

Of the 3 original seedstock that I planted, all three germinated within the same time frame give or take a day or two, and had nice healthy true leaves starting to come in when...something ate the top & new leaves clean off of one of the seedlings (the seed leaves weren't eaten, though).

The nibbled stumpy seedling seemed to compensate by growing extra large seed leaves but not much else while it's bretheren continued to grow more and more sets of true leaves.

I was starting to wonder what was going to happen with little "stumpy" when I got a glimpse of the smallest of nubs at the top.  Then a few days later a little tendril.  Then a pair of new leaves!  YAY!!!  Stumpy was going to make it!

Which was good because by then I could see that one of the two other plants clearly did not have ribbed female squash flowers.  Plant #1 turned out to be a plain old "Prolific Yellow Straightneck" (PYS) variety.  RATS!

That left "Stumpy" and one more plant.

That other plant is just as tall as the PYS but has absolutely NO female flowers to speak of.  I've never seen such a thing.  I actually harvested two squashes today from PYS and there's at least 5 more that will be ready this coming week, while mystery plant #2 has a ton of male flowers but not a girl to be seen.

But now...(drumroll, please)...I can announce that:

STUMPY HAS RIBBED SQUASHES!!!  yahoo 

At least, I think so.  I've been holding out on making this announcement for about a week just to be sure.  I tried to take a picture, but the squashlings are so tiny that the little hairs on them actually catch the light and make the image flatten out each time I've tried to photograph them, so you can't see any detail. I'm hoping they'll get big enough during this coming week where I'll be able to post again with 100% certainty. The squashlings are only about an inch long at this point.

BUT there are now more little girl squashes on Stumpy and they all seem to have the same ribby texture to them, so I feel fairly confident in announcing that at least one of my three original seedstock plants has ribbed squash.

I'm such a proud momma.

How is everyone else's squash doing?

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Post  camprn on 8/3/2014, 10:54 pm

Oooh. So exciting! I'm saving my seeds for next year as i didn't have a place to sow them earlier in the season.

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Post  GWN on 8/4/2014, 9:39 am

Hi there
Mine have been VERY slow this year..... except for all the squash in the compost pile and they are HUGE   (next year I am going to plant my squash in the fall in the compost Smile

I have not been able to get one of the second generation past the sprouting stage.... all my own fault.
However I do have one plant that is the original stock and it is just showing its first flowers right now.
So fingers crossed
THIS IS SO EXCITING....

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/4/2014, 10:43 am

Mine are growing like weeds, flowering, and there's one small squash so far.  

Unfortunately, I can't yet tell whether it will have ribs.  

Another squash I decided to try this year is Romanesco, which definitely has ribs. Could it be that your seed was a cross between yellow crookneck and this variety?


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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 8/4/2014, 2:17 pm

I could use some help.  I planted a bunch of seedlings in the spring and then my father had a quadruple bypass and then I had to plant everything out into the yard in a hurry without transferring the labels etc.  Sooooo, I have no idea what these two squash are.  Can you guys help me identify them and then what is the best use for them?

The two I need to know are the small orange and green pear shaped in the front and then the large ones behind them.  The others are Hubbard Butternut Squash and an acorn squash.



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Post  GWN on 8/4/2014, 5:48 pm

I think that the orange one is a potimarron,... do you mean the green one on the far right?

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 8/4/2014, 7:28 pm


  • GWNI think that the orange one is a potimarron,... do you mean the green one on the far right?

Potmarron makes sense (the small orange ones) as I bought seeds for those but they didn't have a picture.

The green one is an acorn.

In the back row on the left is a larger variety.  They are literally almost double the size of the front ones.  Their skin is sort of peachy beige with touches of green.  That's the one I have no clue about.

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Post  mollyhespra on 8/4/2014, 7:35 pm

Did you by chance keep the seed packets for all the squash you planted? It might be easier to do a process-of-elimination type ID than to be trying to guess. What seeds do you have in your stash?

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 8/4/2014, 7:50 pm

That's the first thing I did, but it's not matching up with anything I have on hand so it's either a strange seed that made it into the pack or perhaps a throw back of some of the seeds I had taken from grocery store squash last year.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 8/4/2014, 8:01 pm

I just had a hunch.  I bought these seeds from Caleb Warnock as a package deal so I hadn't seen what anything looked like before buying them.  

I bought these seeds and I'm wondering if they might be them.  It never occurred to me that they might be a pumpkin because of their color:
http://www.mcssl.com/store/calebwarnock/pumpkins/mormon-winter-pumpkin

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Post  camprn on 8/4/2014, 8:09 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:
The two I need to know are the small orange and green pear shaped in the front and then the large ones behind them.  The others are Hubbard Butternut Squash and an acorn squash.



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I do not see a hubbbard squash in your photo, not even the baby type.


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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 8/4/2014, 8:16 pm

You're right, they are: Squash Waltham Butternut

I was going off of memory and should KNOW BETTER, LOL!  Laughing

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Post  GWN on 8/4/2014, 8:30 pm

I wonder whether the green patches are some sort of blemish and whether any off the same plant do not have the green patches

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