Help What kind of squash is this?

BenIan

Veteran Member
I am plagued by squash vine borers so every year I plant about 20-30 squash plants and usually end up getting about 1 or 2 squash. It's been no different this year except for these two guys. They grew on the same vine and have been thusfar the only fruit to survive the blasted borers. Problem is, I can't remember what they are. I planted a bunch of old squash seeds in a new hugelkultur bed that I was experimenting in and not expecting much from. I have no idea what types I planted there but this was one. Can anyone help me put a name on these?
 

spinner

Senior Member
Benlan, I have the same problem. I am using BT and it seems to be helping quite a bit. I started using it when I set out the plants and kept applying it faithfully. I haven't been able to grow zucchini until last year when I started using BT. The borers did get the zucchini in the end, but I got a lot of the squash before the plants succumbed. Be sure you remove the plants when they are finished and remove the larva that are in the vines. Yellow summer squash seems to be less attractive to the borers than zucchini, but I don't know about winter squash as I don't have enough space to grow them. I am quite sure that BT would work just as well on winter squash as summer varieties as long as it is consistently applied.

Look for the moths that lay the eggs, they are black and red. I found one on my zucchini, but they are difficult to find (I think they fly at night).

I also cover the plants with remay when I set them out until they start to flower.
 
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ginnie6

Senior Member
it really looks like a pumpkin. But there are SO many kinds of squash out there I didn't even know existed. I googled orange squash and came up with a bunch. Looking at your pic again though and the size I have to go with pumpkin.
 

Faroe

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Could just be a cross - reminds me a bit of a hubbard squash. (William Woys Weaver said of two varieties some out crossing veggi: don't plant them too close together, or they will "cavort.")

I'd have to look it up to be sure (not happening at 6am - been awake since 3am), but as I understand it, everything from cucumbers and watermelons to pumpkins and zucchini are all in the same Cucurbita pepita (spell?) classification.
 
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BenIan

Veteran Member
Benlan, I have the same problem. I am using BT and it seems to be helping quite a bit. I started using it when I set out the plants and kept applying it faithfully. I haven't been able to grow zucchini until last year when I started using BT. The borers did get the zucchini in the end, but I got a lot of the squash before the plants succumbed. Be sure you remove the plants when they are finished and remove the larva that are in the vines. Yellow summer squash seems to be less attractive to the borers than zucchini, but I don't know about winter squash as I don't have enough space to grow them. I am quite sure that BT would work just as well on winter squash as summer varieties as long as it is consistently applied.

Look for the moths that lay the eggs, they are black and red. I found one on my zucchini, but they are difficult to find (I think they fly at night).

I also cover the plants with remay when I set them out until they start to flower.
What is a good source/brand for BT? I think I'm going to give that a try.
 
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