Gem Squash Vine - Hybrid Star 8001

Hybrid Squash Star 8001 (Starke Ayres)

Planted on 16-Mar-2019 (10 months ago)

16-Mar-2019 (10 months ago)

Planted this today on the south side of the Jaboticaba tree.

16-Mar-2019 (10 months ago)

These are the Gem Squash bush/vine seeds that I planted today at the base of the Jaboticaba tree. On the left (north) are the bush seeds and on the right (south) are the vine seeds. What I found super interesting about these seeds is that it looks like they have been colored with food dye. The bush seeds are colored pink and the vine seeds a cyan/green color. I assume that this is to help us identify the seeds if we accidentally drop them or mix them with some other seeds. Clever idea.

...and then after 12 days
28-Mar-2019 (10 months ago)

Both the Gem Squash Vine and Bush are pushing through the mulch. This image is from the vine. They both look identical at this stage.

...and then after 15 days
12-Apr-2019 (10 months ago)

Good progress on the gem squash. This image shows both the vines and the bushes which are currently indistinguishable.

...and then after 12 days
24-Apr-2019 (9 months ago)

No sign of any flowers on these vines and bushes but they are growing well.

...and then after 4 days
28-Apr-2019 (9 months ago)

The shade cloth went up in the subtropical area today so all the plants tagged in this note are now getting around 25% of the sunlight they were getting before.

...and then after 3 days
01-May-2019 (9 months ago)

Gems are growing insanely fast and looking super healthy but still no sign of fruit or flowers.

...and then after 3 days
04-May-2019 (9 months ago)

First sign of blossoms on the Gems.

Metrics:
  • First Blossom ✔
...and then after 4 days
08-May-2019 (9 months ago)

Compared to the last time we tried to grow these they seem to be on steroids. I'm wondering if it's the sulfur that's helping them.

...and then after 6 days
14-May-2019 (8 months ago)

The gems have almost completely covered the Jabotica they were growing around.

...and then after 5 days
19-May-2019 (8 months ago)

Ping pong ball sized fruit now being seen.

...and then after 11 days
30-May-2019 (8 months ago)

Found a couple like this. About half the size they need to be.

...and then after 8 days
07-Jun-2019 (8 months ago)

Our first harvest of gems. Cooked them in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes. The second image is after 10 minutes in the pressure cooker and it wasn't quite done by then. The third image is after 20 minutes with the seeds scooped out and butter in the middle. It was delicious. This is 83 days since they were planted.

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 6
  • Harvest Start ✔
...and then after 2 days
09-Jun-2019 (8 months ago)

Harvested another. This one's for you Lauren!

The image of the 2 cooked gems with butter is from dinner this evening. Those 2 gems were picked two days ago. I rarely set my expectation/hopes high for something like this and even with high expectations they were still exceeded by the amazing taste of these vegetables.

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 1
...and then after 4 days
13-Jun-2019 (8 months ago)

Picked another 7 today and ate some of them this evening. Did not disappoint. Delicious.

The second image shows one of the gems that's a different color. I think that this is Gemini F1 Hybrid (bush habit) and the others are from the Star 8001 (vine).

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 7
...and then after 3 days
16-Jun-2019 (7 months ago)

Found another 4 that were ready. Scooped the seeds out of three of them before cooking with dinner.

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 4
...and then after 2 days
18-Jun-2019 (7 months ago)
Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 3
...and then after 25 days
13-Jul-2019 (7 months ago)

After three weeks of being away many of these gems have ripened. When cutting them open they are more yellow inside than the pale yellow/green they were before. They taste just as good. I collected the seeds from the three large yellow ones that I cut open today. I think that these are going to be the most viable of the seeds I've collected so far.

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 13
...and then after 3 days
16-Jul-2019 (6 months ago)

Found a couple more today. This is one of them.

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 2
...and then after 4 days
20-Jul-2019 (6 months ago)

Found three more gems while working in that area today.

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 3
...and then after 2 days
22-Jul-2019 (6 months ago)

Found another

Metrics:
  • Harvest Count : 1