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Creating a Mixta Squash Landrace that is Vigorous, Productive, and Bug and Disease Resistant

 
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This is probably one of the most little known and grown varieties of squash. Along with Moschata squash these are known to be more adapted to areas with high heat and humidity. I'm excited to create a landrace of them that will be even better adapted to my area of high heat, humidity, and pest and disease pressure.

These squash will be selected for being able to be grown completely naturally in the southeastern US with no irrigation, fertilizer, or sprays of any kind. Deliciousness will be the other main selection criteria with no regard to looks, although I'm sure most will be quite beautiful!

I will probably offer seeds for sale of the first F1 generation cross of the squash that do the best this year if I have enough seeds and if there is interest in them.

Let's make a Mixta squash landrace!
 
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These squash are really big and beautiful to me. The major colors of the ones I'm growing are green, yellow, and white.

They have been very disease and pest resisistant and also vigorous. I'm excited to see how the crosses of these turn out.

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Yellow and white striped mixta squash
Yellow and white striped mixta squash
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Long necked mixta squash
Long necked mixta squash
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Green and white striped mixta squash
Green and white striped mixta squash
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Green and white striped mixta squash
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Green and white striped mixta squash
 
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I love Mixta squash. We grow tons of Orange Stripe Cushaw on our Connecticut seed farm and it is by farm the most productive squash we grow. It is true, however, that it is also my least well-performing seed seller! My own Orange Stripe Cushaw Squash seed line is very vigorous and productive.

https://ethosseed.com/collections/winter-squash-seeds/products/orange-stripe-cushaw-squash-seeds

As a heirloom seed company owner and a seed farmer, I would be more than happy to see more attention brought to the Mixta squash. I'll happily collaborate with you if you are interested in developing something new.
 
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Wow, Steve! That is some beautiful squash!

What is your growing zone? I have some Seminole pumpkins sprouting here in zone 9a-- supposed to be very vigorous and disease-resistant in the hot and humid south. This is my first year growing them intentionally, though I have actually harvested them in the "wild" in Central Florida. They're yummy!
 
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Very cool, Steve! If you have enough seeds, I'd be excited to try them out here, an even hotter, even humider place than NC.
 
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Isabella Love wrote:Wow, Steve! That is some beautiful squash!



Thanks Isabella!

What is your growing zone? I have some Seminole pumpkins sprouting here in zone 9a-- supposed to be very vigorous and disease-resistant in the hot and humid south. This is my first year growing them intentionally, though I have actually harvested them in the "wild" in Central Florida. They're yummy!



I'm in zone 7b/8a. That's really neat! I meant to get some seeds for my Moschata squash landrace but wasn't able to get them at the time I think. Here's a thread of my Moschata squash landrace development.

https://permies.com/t/187505/Creating-Mochata-Squash-Landrace-Vigorous

Hope your squash do well and would love to see how they turn out!
 
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