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Growing Acorn Squash from Supermarket Squash?

I planted some seeds from an Acorn squash I bought at the supermarket a few months ago and now have quite a few about to ripen. The only thing is, they look nothing like an Acorn squash. They look more like a squash shaped watermelon no ridges or dark green with a tinge of orange in them at all.

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Finally one was ready and I picked it and cooked it. Sure enough, it was an Acorn squash, bright yellow inside and very tasty. I can't imagine why they turned out like they did and don't look the same as the ones at the market.

Any ideas or comments?

By LINDA ROLINSKI from Eustis, FL

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December 2, 20090 found this helpful
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Your "Acorn" Squash was probably pollinated by a busy little bee that had just "Visited" another "more tasty" member of the family. Were they planted near watermelons? Good luck.

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December 3, 20090 found this helpful
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Squash are notorious 'cross-pollinators'. If you plant saved seeds, you will very likely get something that is a cross breed.

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It's better to buy fresh seeds every year form a reputable company if you want squash that is true to form.

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December 4, 20090 found this helpful

OMG! I had no idea that if you plant seeds from one thing you could another thing entirely! From now on I'll buy the seeds I want from one of those seed magazines I get occasionally.

Thanks for the tip! Ya all can tell I'm a new gardener, huh? :-)

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