A few months ago one of my ‘Jack Be Little’ pumpkin seedlings has a flower that I pollinated with courgette pollen.
The next time I had a female pumpkin flower I did the same this – this time on a different plant. Both were planted outside after that and I don’t think there are any other pumpkin vines with flowers in other gardens near my house.
A strange thing happened; I thought that either the same thing would happen again as I used courgette pollen again or that nothing weird would happen as the first plant was an anomaly. However, it was neither of these things but also both, have a look at the pictures below and you will see what I mean (if you don’t see text below that)
Original weird pumpkin for reference on first plant
This is a baby pumpkin from the second plant; it is hard to see in the photo but it has the same markings as the pumpkin in the first picture; (also a tiny one that is also yellow).
This is a pumpkin from the second plant but this one is bright orange as I thought the others were supposed to be. This is the first of the pumpkins to turn out as expected as all the others are yellow and white striped.
So, I don’t know if it is that interesting to others but I find it strange that the expression of genes is creating different pumpkins on the same plant. It will also be fascinating to find out if saved seeds from the two different pumpkins produce new pumpkins that reflect each original pumpkin or a mix again or something new altogether.
If I had the space (maybe at the allotment) I would buy seeds from the Pumpkin project ‘Breed your own squash‘ project (only I don’t like pumpkin/squash that much; it would involve eating a lot of fruit) A man bought a blue and pink squash on a holiday, that he thought was cool and took it home as a souvenir (obviously a plant nerd) and then when he grew, what he expected would be true to type pumpkin he got at least six different varieties – and variations of those as well. Now you can buy some of those seeds and isolate your very own squash variety – it takes six generations to create a stable genetic line so in six years you have chosen the best of the best just for your very own.
Have you ever had something in the garden turn up/out quite unexpected? A completely different colour or shape; maybe it is a completely new variety that only you have no one else knows.