Interesting observation, considering that squash is one of the types of plants that I've been told doesn't like its roots disturbed, so it's not good for transplanting. Like so many things, one's ecosystem dictates best practice! I solve the transplant issue by using 3" deep paper pots so the roots can grow right out of their pot as soon as they're in the ground. The deeper 3 inches seems to give them enough foot-room that they don't get ticked with me.
Mike Haasl wrote:I learned from last year and grew transplants for my squash this year. I didn't have enough so I had to direct seed a few. The difference couldn't be more stark. The transplanted squash (butternut and spaghetti) have lots of full size fruit on them while the direct sown ones are just setting their first fruit.
Mike Haasl wrote:I've always been told the same thing about how they don't like their roots disturbed. Last year I got double production from the plants I transplanted. This year it looks like that may be repeated. An extra month of growing time sure makes a difference in my area.
I don't think luffa would cross with squash. Maybe other gourds. I just don't get many pollinators inside my greenhouse so it might not matter...