Pollinating C. moschata with C. maxima?

sazji(8bNW Turkey)July 20, 2009

I have an odd problem; everyone talks about female flowers not coming on but on my C. moschata "Futsu" plants I have exactly the opposite problem. The plants are growing great guns, and I have two female flowes, one opened today, the other probably tomorrow or the next day. There are lots of male flowers forming on the vines as well, but they are growing slowly and are way behind the females. I tried pollinating the first female with pollen from a C. maxima just to get fruit. I've read that the seed from this cross is usually sterile, but does the pollination generally work for the purposes of getting a fruit? I suppose I'll know in a day or two but does anyone have any experience. If I do get seed I'll plant some; I think a Futsu x Marina di Chioggia could be a very nice squash.

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Cross pollination of these two species has been done, however the process is patented. As far as I know only Sakata has used it. As I understand the pollen from one species is chemically treated to make it acceptable to the other species. I doubt that it will work in a natural setting, but you have nothing to lose by trying.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 7:47AM
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sazji(8bNW Turkey)

Well, it seems to have worked; the fruit is already the size of a small apple! It remains to be seen if it will actually mature it though. And of course if it will be worth it - I keep reading about the Futsu's "hazelnut" taste but people who've tried them say they couldn't taste anything like that. I also see conflicting reports on Rouge Vif d'Etampes - some say deliciously sweet smooth flesh, others say fibrous and not very sweet. Of the ones I'm growing, Marina di Chioggia is the only one I've read consistenly good things about!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 5:32PM
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