Maximoss Winter Squash
Some of my varieties are stable and consistent. Others are unstable, and inconsistent, for example Maximoss Squash
, which is recently descended from an inter-species hybrid between maxima and moschata squash. It's a new project for me. Some of the plants are male-sterile, and thus don't produce male flowers, so I recommend that they be grown near a maxima and/or moschata pollinator. Due to the rearranging genetics, germination averages about 50%. I don't typically release seeds with such low germination, but this is experimental seed, and well worth the risk.
I am releasing Maximoss early in the breeding cycle, because I think that there is a lot of value in getting seed like this into as many hands as possible. People will select for things that I never would have thought to select for. Traits that I might eliminate in my garden may be just the thing that someone else is looking for. I want to switch traits between species, for example, what if someone finds a squash that has the glorious maxima taste that grows on a plant with the squash bug resistance of moschata squash? That would be really clever. What if someone finds a squash that combines the taste of a maxima with the long-necked traits of moschata? Or how about a long-keeping squash with the flavor of maxima? Hmmm. Can you tell that I am really impressed with the flavor of maxima squash?
Because of how I grew this seed, there is even a possibility that pepo or argyrosperma genetics got into the mix. Wow! The possibilities: Kobocha squash on bush plants? Summer squash that make excellent winter squash? Zucchini that are not bothered by squash bugs? And no telling what sorts of disease resistance might show up.
Anyway, I expect that a number of people that grow this out during the coming season will discover great new varieties, and ways to grow squash. That's what I do best: Create novelty. Then I pass that novelty on to others who select something more stable and consistent from among the diversity.