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Post: # 291945Post Green Aura
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:33 am

.....if I can overwinter a squash plant?

We got a lovely acorn squash in the veg box a couple of weeks ago. I cooked it and left the gubbins - seeds etc in the bowl for taking out to the compost. The following evening when we came to take it out there was a teeny sprout growing - I'm guessing it was already there but too small to notice when I prepped the veg.

Anyhoo, I potted it up and it is growing, slowly but determinedly, on my windowsill. If I put it somewhere cool but protected do you think it'll survive? The season is usually too short to get anything other than a couple of feeble specimens.

If it does I may just have cracked growing squash up here. :shock: :lol:
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Post: # 291946Post KathyLauren
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:04 pm

It ought to be possible to overwinter the plant indoors. I've no idea how well it will do, or how big it will get. :shock: However, since you know the seeds are viable, save some of them to plant in the spring.

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Post: # 291953Post Thomzo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:48 pm

The answer to that one is try it and see. I start mine off on a windowsill early in the season so it could be possible.
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Post: # 291955Post Green Aura
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:54 pm

Yes, I think that's the best plan, Zoe, it's still doing well, growing slowly but quite happily. I'll move it to another room which is much cooler soon - we're near the stage of lighting the boiler, so I think it will be too warm on the living room widowsill and I am slightly concerned, KL, that come spring we'll have to battle a triffid!
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Post: # 291960Post Odsox
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:23 am

I don't see why not.
I always (without fail) start my squash far too early, then plant them out far too early, and they just sit there rather dejectedly sulking.
Then a couple of months later burst into life and rush about trying to take over the world.
Your plan of a frost free cool room sounds ideal, or you could take KL's suggestion and dry some of the remaining seed and try sowing them at the proper time. :lol:

EDIT:
Don't over water, keep it on the dry side and only water when the leaves start to flop, otherwise stem and root rot are almost guaranteed. :(
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Post: # 291962Post Green Aura
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:30 pm

Unfortunately we threw away all the seeds - I just managed to whip out this little blighter before they were unceremoniously dumped by OH. Can't grumble too much - it's taken me 30+ years to get get him to tidy up! :lol:
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