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Cucurbita pepo ssp. pepo 'Spaghetti Squash'

 
Cucurbita pepo ssp. pepo 'Spaghetti Squash'
spaghetti squash

Common name spaghetti squash
Family cucurbitaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow
Size 4'
Light sun
From seed sow when soil has warmed in spring

We saved some seed from a store-bought spaghetti squash one spring, and popped them in among some lettuce plants in our vegetable garden when the weather warmed up. By the time the lettuce bolted, the squash plants were starting to claim the space, growing quite vigorously. Compared to our zucchini and yellow crookneck squash plants, these want to go farther, assisted by climbing tendrils that don't appear on those summer squashes.

Cucurbita pepo ssp. pepo 'Spaghetti Squash'
Climbing power provided by impressively spiraling tendrils
spaghetti squash
First developing fruit, mid-July
Cucurbita pepo ssp. pepo 'Spaghetti Squash'
Mid-September, ripe fruit after foliage has withered away

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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