Squash Hybridization | From the Ground Up


We’ve talked quite a bit about squash in
previous episodes. One thing that keeps coming up though is looking at squash that have potentially
hybridized. Basically, we have a squash that has been crossed between two different parents.
So, what most likely happened is we had some seed that was collected from a home garden.
We pulled the seeds out of that squash, we washed them, we dried them, we stored them
properly, then we planted them this spring. Then, lo and behold, during the growing season
we ended up with something we totally were not expecting. If you want to make sure that
you avoid this similar situation, you probably want to make sure that you’re buying from
a quality nursery or seed source, where you know that seed is going to be true to the
variety. If you’re growing squash at home and you’re collecting that seed, you just
need to understand that there’s a risk that you’re going to end up with something that
you weren’t anticipating, and that it could cross with something else totally random that
might be in somebody else’s yard. The last thing to consider is the edibility of these
fruits. You need to keep in mind that some of these plants may have crossed with another
plant that is not edible. If you’re looking for new varieties of squash to try this growing
season, check out one of your local seed libraries or contact your local extension office. From
the University of Wyoming Extension, I’m Brian Sebade, and you’re watching “From
the Ground Up.”

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