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New Ornamental Edibles For 2010

Ivory, Gold and Orange Mix: 


All of these litttle pumpkins have the same female parent, a single much branching, sprawling powerhouse of productivity that cranked out dozens of fruit in spite of not keeping them picked.  The male parents were selections from a Baby Boo cross as well as selections from a Jack Be Little cross.  This year they produced these nice little semi-sweet pumpkins as they climbed up into my grove of bamboo with some vines exceeding 20 feet.  Some odd shapes will require continued selection.  These were photographed in the wheelbarrow during harvest.  I like the ivory whites, golds and oranges; some with a slight bumpiness and think they make a very attractive mix.  Most are less dumpling-like and more rounded than other ornamental edibles (OE's).

Antique Whites:

The Baby Boo clan.  Yes, they do look a bit like Boo because of the miniature pumpkin strong shouldered "dumpling" look.  This group of OE's have a different pedigree than the Ivory, Gold and Orange Mix.  Baby Boo is, of course the patented squash I like to incorporate into my breeding, not that I can do anything commercial with the progeny.  One of the things about the patent laws that I discovered is the illegal usage of patented cultivars as parents in new breeding work.  Apparently, one is not allowed to commercialize a new variety that uses a patented cultivar in it's pedigree.  That is really so unfortunate since the progress of plant development requires that breeders be able to use existing cultivars in their breeding work.  It has always been that way.  We build upon the work of those plant breeders before us.  As patented cultivars continue to become more dominant in commercial seed listings; it remains unclear how all of this will affect the future of plant breedng.  We continue to play around with the progeny of patented cultivars because we have no vested interest in profiting from them.

There were these little dark green ornamental edibles that appeared last year.  Two different parentages.  One was super sweet, the other green variation was about average in OE sweetness.  My guess is both originated by crosses that I made between Baby Boo or Jack Be Little and the acorn squash I grew a few years ago, I may be wrong.  I wish I could keep records of every cross I make.  Alas, I don't have the ability with my time constraints.    There were several kinds of green acorns in my acorn patch.  The greens OE's are similar in size and shape with the rest of my ornamental edibles and I'm glad to see the spectrum of color broadened.


The striped ornamental edibles continue to stabilize as I self more plants and abstain from crossing, crossing and crossing.  At some point you have enough diversity and must concentrate on selecting choice occurances and trying to make them into a stable breeding line.  You do that by selecting male blossoms on the same plant as the female in order to restrict the genetics.  Stability still may not come for several generations of repeating the selfing process.  In any event, you are in for the long haul if it's stability you are after.  I have the following striped breeding lines which I recognized last year and was able to see again this year.  If that is some indication of success, I guess I'm content.  I don't catch all the plants in time to get a good self for each of the lines and so there is still some crossing and mixing.  In addition, some of the OE's do throw acorn and dumpling shapes; a throwback to their heritage.  Stabilization is a long ways away but I seem to be getting there.

Striped OE's that I have seen in my pumpkin patch and would like to stabilize:

Bright Orange on White
Lemon on White
Bright Orange on Yellow
Green on Tan
Festival Green and Orange on White
Orange and Speckled Green on White
Dark Green on White
Mottled Tan on White
Speckled Orange on Gold
Speckled Yellow on White
Mottled Dark Green on Gray-Green

Last Modified:  Nov., 2009