Why are my squash all different

Asked September 23, 2016, 11:32 AM EDT

In the fall of 2013, at our local pumpkin patch, I bought a small gourd/squash. It was mostly white with green stripes and about 4 inches in diameter. We left it out all winter and it got knocked off of the porch railing into the grass. It was mush by spring so we just left it. It sprouted and we got quite a few small gourds/ squash from it looking mostly like the original . We did it again last year as well. For some reason this year everything looks different. Some look like pumpkins, some are two tone, some are long and yellow. Can anyone explain why if they all came from the same ancestor why they are so different

Douglas County Nebraska

1 Response

Hi

Squash/pumpkins/gourd cross pollinate very easily. The offspring from cross pollination usually don't not look the same as the parent plant/fruit.