Squash Leaf Identification

I love my Winter Squash, and each time I plant, I find beauty in their shapes and sizes, but as I get more seasoned as a grower, the nuances in the leaves also calls out to me.DSC_0398

Fig Leafed Gourd (above)

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I am getting pretty good at being able to know a squash not just by it’s fruit, but also by it’s leaf.  When selecting blooms for hand pollination seed purity, there may not be a fruit there on the vine to help you identify it.  So if you plant a small intense plot like I do, it can get confusing.  Learning how to identify the vines by the leaf patterns, colors, shapes and sizes will help you in so many ways.  As you plant in future plantings, you can plant several different looking squash plants in very close proximity and still know who is who.

Long Island Cheese Pumpkin plant in the Sun
Long Island Cheese Pumpkin plant in the Sun

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