Ever Seen a Yellow Summer Squash Like This?

Ever Seen a Yellow Summer Squash Like This

I was out in the summer squash patch today hoping to find some nice sized squash ready for picking. I found a few, but it was not easy because my squash plants have become huge, and squash love to hide.

After finding a couple keepers, I happened to look down at one of the plants and a good sized squash caught my eye. I couldn’t see it that well because it was underneath some leaves and other smaller squash. I reached down to pluck it from the plant. As soon as my fingers touched it, I knew something wasn’t quite right with this squash.

I gave it a slight twist and Pop! – it snapped loose from the plant. My eyes lit up in surprise when I realized what it was I was looking at. The strangest, craziest looking yellow squash I have ever seen.

Siamese Twins Squash

As you can see in the picture, it is actually two squash that have grown together – like Siamese twins. I have never seen this before, and am not sure what causes it. Perhaps it is a pollination defect, or possibly two squash that were growing so close together they melded together? I’m really at a loss on this one. If anyone has any suggestions what happened with this squash, or have seen this before, I’d love to hear your story!

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6 Comments on Ever Seen a Yellow Summer Squash Like This?

  1. I have 2 itty bitty squash that are siamese like this and they each have their own flower but share the stem. Most curious

    • I just pulled 2 (would have been 4) of these weird conjoined squash out of my garden just now and searched the web to see what I could learn about it. I can’t say why it happened, but it doesn’t look like they were just near each other and started to grow together – it looks like they started growing that way…

      • Hi Adam¬†– I have come to believe the “twin” squash is due to an occurrence during pollination. It’s not a bad thing, just something that happens during pollination that causes this. Kind of similar to twins occurring during human pregnancy.

        • I have been finding it hard to find any information on this subject. Our garden just started producing our squash and we have found more than 6 of them like this in the last two weeks. It’s mind boggling and I just wanted to make sure its not something that we can prevent.

          • I’m right there with you, Amber. I have 3 squash plants and two of them are continously producing these twin squash. What’s the deal???

  2. Linda J. Hoggarth // June 21, 2012 at 9:17 am // Reply

    I found Siamese Summar Squash in my garden yesterday. How funny and interesting!!!

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