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Re: Summer squash question

Post  littlesapphire on 2/24/2015, 9:19 pm

I've been growing trombocino (AKA rampicante) squash for the last two years, and it's a lot of fun.  I found out recently that it's technically a gourd, but you eat it just like a zucchini, and it tastes like a zucchini except maybe a little crisper (which I like!).  And it totally lived up to its name (rampicante means rampant in Italian).  It grew up my 5 foot trellis, back down the trellis, and then sideways for at least another four feet! 





And it's other name, trombocino, refers to the fact that it looks like a trumpet!  They get VERY long.  I've seen some pictures of them 6 feet long or more!  They did very well in my SFG on the trellis.  I bought the seeds through Territorial, though I will say they only gave me a small number of seeds in the packet, maybe 20.

Oh yes, and the best part of this squash is that it's not a zucchini type with the hollow stems, and doesn't have problems with SVB!  My zucchinis got decimated by SVB last year, but these guys kept going until frost.

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Re: Summer squash question

Post  has55 on 2/24/2015, 9:27 pm

wow , julie. this may be the answer for me. a plant that taste like zucchini. do you eat the whole fruit and when do you know the time to pick it?
Do they have a yellow squash version?
any problem with the squash bug or do "SVB" mean squash vine bug or squash vine borer?


I like your quote-
""A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.""

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Post  littlesapphire on 2/24/2015, 9:37 pm

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, this is the only version of this kind of plant there is.  I've read that it's popular in Italy, but fairly unknown in America.  So it only comes in green Smile 

I do indeed eat the whole fruit; other than a slightly firmer texture, it's hard to tell it apart from zucchini.  I actually have to cut it into pieces to fit in in the fridge because it's just so long!  I think they tell you on the packet that it's best eaten between 12 and 18 inches, but the 2 1/2 foot one in the picture tasted just fine.  If you let them get too big, though, they basically turn into a winter squash.  I've heard that some people even grow this as a winter squash, but I like it as a zucchini. 

Yes, SVB is squash vine borer.  Do you mean this when you say squash bug?



If you do, I'll tell you that I actually don't get any squash bugs in my garden, at least none that I've ever found.  I do however always get SVB every year, but I had no trouble at all with this plant both years I grew it.  It also resisted PM a lot better than my zucchini, probably because it gets more air circulation.

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Post  TCgardening on 2/24/2015, 9:58 pm

AAAHHHH!!! Squash bug!
 They are a year round problem down here. The SVB is a seasonal problem both a absolute menace to the garden. At first I thought the Squash Bug was the assassin Bug because I found it in the Crepe Myrtles & some other ornamentals. Now I know better and squash them on sight.

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Re: Summer squash question

Post  has55 on 2/24/2015, 10:19 pm

@littlesapphire wrote:Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, this is the only version of this kind of plant there is.  I've read that it's popular in Italy, but fairly unknown in America.  So it only comes in green Smile 

I do indeed eat the whole fruit; other than a slightly firmer texture, it's hard to tell it apart from zucchini.  I actually have to cut it into pieces to fit in in the fridge because it's just so long!  I think they tell you on the packet that it's best eaten between 12 and 18 inches, but the 2 1/2 foot one in the picture tasted just fine.  If you let them get too big, though, they basically turn into a winter squash.  I've heard that some people even grow this as a winter squash, but I like it as a zucchini. 

Yes, SVB is squash vine borer.  Do you mean this when you say squash bug?



If you do, I'll tell you that I actually don't get any squash bugs in my garden, at least none that I've ever found.  I do however always get SVB every year, but I had no trouble at all with this plant both years I grew it.  It also resisted PM a lot better than my zucchini, probably because it gets more air circulation.
yes that's the bug. I saw a squash vine borer for the first time in my life last year. It was beautiful, but later found it took out two of my vine plants. so now it also is on the hit list. The squash bug is very attracted to the squash plants here in texas, then it will invade the melons and cukes. I have not planted it the last two years to have better success with my cukes and melons. but I love squash, so i'm thinking of growing it again, You suggestion creates hope.

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Re: Summer squash question

Post  has55 on 2/24/2015, 10:26 pm

I found this. it may help have the beautiful squash plants pictures we are seeing for a longer period.



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Re: Summer squash question

Post  TCgardening on 2/24/2015, 11:49 pm

Has55,
Thanks for the pest control tips. I'll give it a try soon.
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Re: Summer squash question

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/25/2015, 12:12 am

I don't get stink bugs, but aphids and spider mites were dominating much of my garden last summer so I'll be giving it a try.  Thanks for posting!

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Re: Summer squash question

Post  has55 on 2/25/2015, 2:11 am

TCgardening, please give us a update since you're already growing in the warm season. it still winter here. in other word, you take the point position in this mission.Smile

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Post  has55 on 2/25/2015, 2:12 am

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I don't get stink bugs, but aphids and spider mites were dominating much of my garden last summer so I'll be giving it a try.  Thanks for posting!
seaweed wipes out spider mites.

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Re: Summer squash question

Post  sanderson on 2/25/2015, 2:39 am

I have some kelp meal, Will that work as well if I make a "tea?"

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Re: Summer squash question

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/25/2015, 9:12 am

@littlesapphire wrote:I've been growing trombocino (AKA rampicante) squash for the last two years, and it's a lot of fun.  I found out recently that it's technically a gourd, but you eat it just like a zucchini, and it tastes like a zucchini except maybe a little crisper (which I like!).  And it totally lived up to its name (rampicante means rampant in Italian).  It grew up my 5 foot trellis, back down the trellis, and then sideways for at least another four feet! 





And it's other name, trombocino, refers to the fact that it looks like a trumpet!  They get VERY long.  I've seen some pictures of them 6 feet long or more!  They did very well in my SFG on the trellis.  I bought the seeds through Territorial, though I will say they only gave me a small number of seeds in the packet, maybe 20.

Oh yes, and the best part of this squash is that it's not a zucchini type with the hollow stems, and doesn't have problems with SVB!  My zucchinis got decimated by SVB last year, but these guys kept going until frost.

Hi ls!  Great to see you posting again!

Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to try these.  I just found & ordered them on Amazon with free shipping:
http://www.amazon.com/Trombocino-Heirloom-Stonysoil-Seed-Company/dp/B00HZLIHX4/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424873529&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=trombocini+squash+seed

I don't know this company so the seeds may not even be any good but I need to try.  If I can just get one then I can save the seeds going forward.  

Is anyone familiar with this company?

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Re: Summer squash question

Post  has55 on 2/25/2015, 11:03 am

@sanderson wrote:I have some kelp meal,  Will that work as well if I make a "tea?"
I don't know. kelp comes from the sea also. I'm sure it the salt that dehydrate the insects. the sea weed mixtures is concentrated. I believe it's 2 tsp to a gallon. kelp may work. I hope someone has tried it and can chime in.

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