Lazarus squash
Monday October 23rd 2023, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Garden

Fall came for a week (late September, I think) and then ran for the hills. It hit 92 last week, 75 today.

Which means my shriveled dying squash plant is suddenly starting over with new leaves and flowers about to burst out.

This 21″ Anya apricot seedling wasn’t planted till June (way late!) and is growing a half an inch a day still, while another one several years older is shedding leaves for Fall.

And then there’s this other one, which got off to a bad start but didn’t seem to quite be dead even after it dropped all its damaged, deformed leaves, so I kept watering and hoping. It was one I’d started in a coconut coir pot before I learned that that medium deprives the seedling of the potassium and magnesium it needs to produce leaves.

I pulled away what I could of that pot inside the planter some time ago.

Suddenly it’s pushing out new and perfectly formed ones. The tiny bit of green at the bottom only started today; the bigger ones started I think Thursday.

Cool nights and warm days–perfect apricot weather!

It’ll be interesting to see when they decide the daylight/nighttime balance isn’t because it’s Spring.


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Hooray! I’m still hoping for my one surviving Anya seedling. It got to about 7″ tall back in July, then stopped growing. Tiny lower leaves fell off, and the top 6 green leaves are clinging, but beginning to look dry. So hoping it’s just the season and not that it’s giving up.

Comment by DebbieR 10.24.23 @ 9:09 am

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