The Land Rover Owners Wife

Squash, Cobnut

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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Cobnut
Sown indoors: 2nd April 2013
First Seedling: 9th April 2013
Germination: 7 days

1 day old seedling

1 day old seedling

I always grow this variety of squash up against a fence and so I start to tie it up from being a small seedling, so that it is easier to train it to grow the correct way once planted out. Now approximately 18 days:

Squash, Cobnut  Squash, Cobnut

At 6 weeks old these plants are ready to be planted out.

Squash cobnut  Squash cobnut

Now 3 months old the plants are starting to climb up the back fence and the first flowers are forming.

Squash Cobnut   Squash Cobnut

3.5 months old and the first flower is open but the plant is still much smaller than I would expect at this time.

Squash Cobnut

Finally these plants seem to be getting down to business and are growing away at a rate of knots now. The first female flowers are forming but I fear it may be too late now to get any fruit large enough and ripe enough to use.

Squash Cobnut Another 9 days and the flower is open. I used my trusty fine paintbrush to hand pollinate this flower but there were plenty of natures pollinators buzzing about.

Squash Cobnut Three days after pollination and you can see that the tiny squash is already noticeably larger: 21st August 2013

Squash Cobnut There are now several small squash growing on the vines but it will be a race to see if they manage to ripen before the frosts come.

Cobnut SquashThe next picture shows the Cobnut at the back of this shot some 15 days later.

Cobnut Squash

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2 thoughts on “Squash, Cobnut

  1. Keeping a detailed record like this is a great idea! I keep a vege garden diary to record when I sow each variety to give me an idea for next year and comment on successes and failures etc but hadn’t thought to photograph the various stages etc….think I might take a leaf from your book when springs arrives here in New Zealand!

    • Thank you Sarah – I’ve always kept a written record as well, primarily to stop me from going into a panic when things don’t seem to be moving along as fast as I remember them doing in previous years. For example, I love growing my squash varieties and it helps me to be able to look back and see that :

      1) My squash plants have NEVER flowered in March no matter what I think I remember (well ok may be that is a slight exaggeration 😀 ); and
      2) It is perfectly normal for all the first flowers to be of the same gender – the others will be along soon!
      😀

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