More about the mystery vine
I posted yesterday about the volunteer vine growing across my front yard. So today I had time to go give it a closer inspection. I had assumed it was sterile, as it is a volunteer squash and likely hybridized, and it was already so huge and had only put out male flowers. This, I discovered today, is not the case. There are about 7 buds out at the end of the vine with telltale swellings beneath them. They're more oblong than round, so WHO KNOWS what could result? I am in a total state of suspense now. Watch them not do a darned thing. I have some pumpkin keeping questions for you guys, though. 1. As soon as the leaves appear, they have these light patches on them. After a couple of weeks, the whole leaf is white, and then they begin to wilt, turn brown and fall off. The vine in these sections is getting hard, turning dark green and then brown. Is this just normal, or does my plant have a sickness? Is there anything I should do? 2. I am currently laying branches with twigs by the vines go give them something to climb on/cling to. It also helps me measure growth (about 4 feet since Tuesday). Is this necessary/helpful? Alternate strategies/suggestions? I heard Mike McGath say once that he trained a runaway volunteer vine up into some trees (and then had to disabuse local kids of the notion that gourds grow on trees.) There is a big tree in my yard, but it doesn't have branches low to the ground. Would my vine climb a tree, do you think?