I grew a lot of kabochas this year - mostly unknown seed from store-bought squashes. There was a great degree of variability and while they all looked like kabochas, the quality was too variable for my preference. Some were great, but too many lacked top-notch flavor.
I had been reading good things about tetsukabuto and found some reasonably priced seed mid season, and planted 6 seedlings out around Aug 1. We have a long season (It's been sunny and in the 80s this past week) so I thought I would give a few a try. Even late, I found the vines to be far more vigorous than the other kabocha types I grew. I have not yet tasted the fruits (they are still on the now-ratty looking vines) and then they need to cure. They certainly won't be as good as full-summer grown, but I'm looking forward to trying them. Maybe at Christmas.
I personally prefer the dry-nutty-sweet kabochas and hope the testsukabuto grown here in SoCal lives up to it's press.
A follow up. The hybrid tetsukabutos are now my favorite squash. I would not call the ripe orange flesh particularly 'dry', but they are wonderfully flavorful. The skins are not tough and their texture adds to the eating experience.
They do very well here (frost-free foothills, SoCal, the avocado belt) and taste better than others I have tried (which isn't that many). The vines are vigorous and grow late into the season. With proper watering, I suspect they would keep producing quite late, but with no summer rains, that's not always an option. They also keep extremely well. Last year, even with the drought, it was one of the few things I grew. This year I planted even more, and with heavy mulch, I'm hoping to get even more.
Southern California, Frost-free coastal foothills, Zone 10
This has been an interesting read. I have always avoided growing winter squash due to space restraints. Rearranged the whole garden area this year and found room for 3 hills. I have Winter Sweet, Tetsukabuto, and Bon Bon growing in large grow bags set side by side. Of course Winter Sweet and Bon Bon are both hybrids so not sure they would be good to play with. I am also growing Trombincino for the first time which I have read is a mediocre winter squash but good summer squash and is actually a Cucurbita moschata so it could be interesting to play with.
I have hybrided winter sweet f1 with red kury and i have get justynka f1. www.kcb-samen.ch/product.php?products_id=910602 And various squash two-colors (-photo above) green and orange. And one fruit totally green with a stranger leaf. The blue is recessive.
I don't know if this topic is again current and if someone is again here. I have tryed to crossed tetsukabuto with violino rugosa.This cross look viable and very tasty. A little late but very cool. I will grow the third generation this year.The f3 are more vigorous than the f2 i think its good sign. Agzin more funny i will tryed to cross the f2 with the f3 this year.
keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.): Looking for Goldini Zucchini again. Thinking of setting up my own seed shop for OSSI varieties in the future.
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wilscase: Hello all. My name is Casey Wilson. I'
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wilscase: I'm a graduate student at Oregon State and have been working with populations segrgating for different color genes such as the B gene in Cucurbita. I'm curious if anyone has experience with crosses in Cucurbita maxima between grey blue types and orange?
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wilscase: I have been backcrossing to the grey parent for 4 generations and have finally selfed the heterozygotes (for the Bmax gene) the populations have segregated for diffuse bicolor (pink/blue, orange green), blue green, blue, green, pink (salmon) and orange
Oct 18, 2022 21:36:29 GMT -5
wilscase: The genes involved are Bmax and bl. I have observed that Bmax is incompletely dominant to wild type (green). I have read that bl is incompletely recessive to Bl(wild type). I'm curious if anyone else has observed the behavior of Bmax in a grey/blue type
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wilscase: It appears that bl and Bmax are interacting to produce different shades of salmon and pink.
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wilscase: I'm also interested in any other color genetics, especially the relationships between B and L genes. In the right background these genes can dramatically increase Carotenoids (vitamin A)
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wilscase: I have lots of germplasm and would love to exchange anything that people are interested in
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