In the past I have kept an almost daily, photographic record of growth for the Mudlet pumpkin growing contest. Sometimes the fruit will grow to a certain size and then stop which is very frustrating but the ones that are set on World domination, can look spectacular in next to no time.
So, for a bit of fun and simply because I just love the Winter Squash family, I’m going to try and do the same here and I’m starting off with the:
I think the Hubbard Squash is about at full size now and so that gallery will not be updated from now (unless of course I’m wrong and the squash grows even bigger). The squash has grown bigger and is now (18th August or 32 days), 1 foot long and is developing the wrinkles and warts that make this an attractively ugly squash, if you see what I mean.
This has actually been quite a frustrating year in terms of pumpkins because of the 6 pumpkins that pollinated and began to grow, to date this is the only one that hasn’t rotted on the vine! I have no idea what caused the others to just give up and wither but these things just happen. We do now have a second ‘orange’ sized fruit growing on another plant, so fingers crossed for that one. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to grow a ‘saved seed’ pumpkin this year but there is always next year.
So here we have it what finally looks to be a successfully pollinated pumpkin:
Of course if any of the featured Squashes/Pumpkins, decide to stop growing then I’ll delete the relevant gallery but in the mean time I’ll be updating it every other day or so and I’ll be adding another Hubbard and another of the pumpkins that look to have started growing but I’m not entirely sure, in the next day or so.
The following Cheyenne Bush pumpkin proves how frustrating growing pumpkins and squash can be. It was originally one of the featured ‘successfully pollinated’ ones but, as is often the case, for some reason, 2 weeks in it stopped growing and is now very soft. I will take it off the plant later to stimulate more female flowers – I hope. This pumpkin reached the size of a large orange before it keeled over.