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And then it hit me…. I had mutts.

September 25, 2013

Bushel basket gourds are generally supposed to be a light green in color and roundish in shape, like a slightly flat basketball.

“Normal” would be sort of like these two fatties hiding behind boxwoods amongst the ground cherries and ivy.

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Oh, did I mention I also had a couple of apple gourd vines climbing up and over the back fence as well? An earlier picture of a typical apple gourd specimen is re-posted below.

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So (duh), why were half of my bushel basket gourds turning out to be more teardrop shaped with an interesting pattern on them? These were all good sized too; perfectly shaped to be a martin house and probably even a little too big for it.

As I said, “duh”.

Perhaps gourds cross pollinate pretty easily and end up setting “mutt” fruit?

DUH.

What do you think?

Normal bushel gourd in front, mutt in back:

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That pattern sure looks a little familiar eh…..

Here are some more mutt gourd pics; do you recognize it now?

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The stupid part is I knew gourds do this still somehow didn’t recall it from the time I ordered seeds last winter until a few days ago.

As I said, “duh”. Oh well… the good news is I will have a bunch to get creative with by the time they are all dry next year.

Maybe I’ll pursue and new hybrid type and become a gourd tycoon. (Or not 😉 )

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2013 10:00 pm

    There is a lesson in all things when we stop to think about it.

    • September 25, 2013 10:04 pm

      Agreed. Unintended consequences

  2. September 25, 2013 11:34 pm

    Dang. That is the biggest Splotched Pear I’ve ever seen.

    • September 26, 2013 4:53 am

      lol. yes. the bigger ones are close to 16″ tall

  3. September 26, 2013 10:15 pm

    I think all pumpkins do this – bees flitter between flowers, not sticking to a specific variety – and so the seeds produced can easily become crosses (ditto for sunflowers). If you want a specific fruit, you need to buy new packets every year, if you’re an equal opportunity gourd producer, save seeds and see what treasures nature provides.

    • September 29, 2013 7:05 pm

      Yeah I think I might like some 2nd generation mutts 🙂

  4. Haynes permalink
    September 29, 2013 12:49 am

    I’m pretty sure you’re already the gourd tycoon!

    • September 29, 2013 7:06 pm

      Ha. I’m the only local I know of who even grows gourds so maybe so 🙂

  5. October 1, 2013 3:15 pm

    Interesting combinations there. So long as they taste ok…

    • October 1, 2013 3:24 pm

      Ha. Way too big to eat now…… to be dried and then who knows…..

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