- Pumpkins and winter squashes cross-polinate, even with plants as far as a mile away!
- The seeds will produce plants, but the fruits (the pumpkins or winter squashes) won't likely be the same as the fruit from which you got the seeds.
- If you don't care what kind of fruit you get, then it doesn't matter. Sometimes it's a fun experiment and the results can be interesting and surprising.
- If you want to know for sure what kind of pumpkin or winter squash you are going to get, it is best to buy new seeds from a reputable source.
February and March is a great time to purchase seeds for your pumpkin/squash patch. Even though we don't plant pumpkin or squash until the end of May in Utah, it's a good idea to get your seeds early - sometimes sources sell out later in the spring. The local garden centers usually have a good selection, or you can find them on line:
Seed Savers Exchange
Territorial Seed Company
Seeds of Change
The Cooks Garden
*if you are looking for edible winter squashes, be sure to look under "pumpkins" as well as "squash" on the seed catalog websites.
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