So this year I planted zucchini, and then noticed these 'volunteers' coming in. I I thought it was cool and left them. Now of course they are huge and taking over. But they aren't pumpkins. At least, not pumpkins like the ones I had last year!
The fruit is coming in YELLOW, not green like the pumpkins. It's round like a pumpkin, but not that green color. The weirder thing is that I have three plants in two different places and BOTH are growing in this way. Isn't that wacky? You know how on squash there are two different flowers - the tall male flower and the smaller female flower with the unfertilized fruit behind it? Well on my plants the unfertilized fruits are yellow too. With the pumpkins, they were green. The "pumpkin" plant. As you can see it's sending out it's vines across the compost pile.
I know squash can cross breed, but how would that happen BEFORE the fruit is fertilized? How did my pumpkins come in as this weird variety?
Can we eat it? How do I know when to harvest it?.