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Why is my Zuchinni squash a light green rather than dark?

Asked by inatizzy (8points) June 27th, 2009

I have zuchinni plants that came up from last years left over seeds. They are volenter plants. But this year, they are a light, almost lime green color! Whats up with that and are they edible? I have other plants of same volenters that are dark green like they should be.

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arnbev959's avatar

It could be that they aren’t ripe yet. Did you happen to notice if the dark green ones that are growing were lighter a few weeks ago?

Another possibility is that last year’s crop cross pollinated with another squash (or some other cucurbita, such as a gourd.) You wouldn’t have noticed this in last year’s crop, but the seeds would contain different genetic material than a pure zucchini would. If that’s the case, this year you might end up with some interesting (though perhaps not so edible) variations.

Thammuz's avatar

Depends, if they’re that light they might be not ripe yet, but some zucchini simply are lighter, if i recall it depends on the nutritives in the ground as well as some other factors…

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