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Squash seeds identification?

 
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I have trouble labeling my saved seeds. See the wonderfully healthy seeds I saved last year? The plants they were harvested from had few pests last year. The pepo were in my best soil. Other pepo squash in unimproved soil succumbed to squash bugs and vine borers. I was not surprised. As the soil is now warmed, I planted some of these without ID anyway. But... in a place where bush squash is really what is needed. I hope it's zucchini!



Below are the original seed from my suspects. To me, they look most like the black zucchini. My seeds are slightly larger than the purchased seeds. The pictures are not quite to scale.




Here is a link to Joseph Lofthouse's squash ID page.

Whatcha think?


 
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this won’t help you much, i guess, but recently i was compiling seeds from my moschata landrace and was struck by how much variation in size and shape there was - even within the same species. big seeds from medium-sized squash, small seeds from really big ones... i suspect that seed size and shape are inherited from the mother, but id’ing variety via seeds is a challenge that i’m not up to.
 
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Be sure to let us know what they turn out to be.  my guess was zucchini, too.

I save the return envelopes out of junk mail to save my seeds in. Hey, they were free.  Just write what I put into the envelope and the date. Then seal the envelope.

 
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My first impression was the Mexican subspecies of pepo, thus Zucchini.

Definitely not (small seeded) straight necked...

Moschata (Seminole) tend to have dark colored margins, and to be longer/narrower than pepo.

 
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Thank you, everyone! I will update you later on in the season.

Anne, I need to find a way to label my plates the seeds are drying in. Somehow the paper fades or blows away or otherwise disappears.
 
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Joylynn Hardesty wrote:I need to find a way to label my plates the seeds are drying in. Somehow the paper fades or blows away or otherwise disappears.



I use a marker to write directly on the plates. It washes off with alcohol.
 
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