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Patrick W


I know there are several of you out there and I feel your pain. You work hard all season long and your squash color turns other than GPC green. There are a few of us led by Dave Cantrell who would like to breed dark green back into the 1844, 2118 and related lines. Frankly ,however, I can't find that seed that consistently produces a dark greenie. Please provide help. I hear the Haist 996 - I see light green, I hear 1362 Pugh- light green, I hear the Europeans have it- bigger ones have 1844, what about the Quebec guys- light green, Pierpoint? The dark green squash pics I find are squash that have been picked before mature. This post should light up this forum and I hope it does. We need suggestions and contacts.

1/4/2020 9:48:04 PM


Edgar, WI

I grew two 927 jutras last year it grew dark green on both plants my big one split and my other plant that i didnt take care of grew my 1201 and 572

1/4/2020 10:09:22 PM



I had a 1844 this year,it had a nice green and i crossed it with the really old 877 Hunt wich is a 848 Mackenzie x self... hope it turns out as nice cross...check out the 966 Kloch ;)

1/5/2020 5:17:15 AM


Jefferson Me

Sunlight has a lot to do with color. I grew two of my 126.5* last year. One was for competition. The other I just let go wild. The plant that I let go wild produced several fruit. One of the earliest sets ended up about 600lb. The fruit was never shaded with a tent or blanket. And it’s growth rate was way slower then the computing sibling. I noticed a couple things. The color on the wild one was great. And where leafs were over the fruit the tone was a bit lighter. My competition 126.5 started as a youth a nice color. But then much like a balloon being blown up, the color was getting less. But as most of us growers do, I always had the fruit covered from the UV rays. As it got closer to weigh in time I was starting to get concerned with the color. So noticing what had taken place with the wild fruit I decided to leave the competition fruit uncovered the last three weeks. It darkened my fruits skin tremendously. I passed this on to a local friend who was having color problems with a Jutras cross and he had the same results too. I’m not saying it’s going to work for every fruit because of not knowing each crosses genetic background. But it definitely will help the color to uncover them to the sun.

1/13/2020 6:03:30 AM

Jay Yohe

Pittsburgh, PA

The never ending stress of the giant greenie grower. I green a 1421 Jutras last year and ended up with a 1159.5 light green, almost gray colored squash. It’s a total crap shoot imo. Plans for this year include the 1935.5 Jutras and lots of praying. I have a bunch of squash seeds from various growers from the past 5 years or so so if you find something you’re interested in post it here and I’ll see what I have and maybe I can help someone out.

1/13/2020 11:00:16 PM


Dillonvale, Ohio

Sunlight can be bad too. Mine last year(1578 Holub) went the wrong way, color wise, when exposed to the sun. My 2018 squash (1804 Holub), went very dark with exposure.

1/13/2020 11:45:14 PM


Syracuse, NY

maybe positioning a sun shield a few inches/feet away from the fruit to test whether or not it will have either effect but only just enough to test it would be worth trying - no expert, but it'd be the same as trying a cleaning solution on a small part of the carpet before going full-tilt;
also, positioning a mirror that would direct a small spot of sunlight onto a fruit that is covered otherwise might be an alternative---eg

1/25/2020 6:12:32 PM


The 673.5 Segaert itself was perfect green and the pollinator of it produced also nice green ones.

3/14/2020 11:35:10 AM

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