Grafting watermelon onto C. ficifolia

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Grafting watermelon onto C. ficifolia

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Post: # 1611Unread post Shule
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:11 am

So, the pepper grafting thread got me thinking more about watermelon grafts. Cucurbita ficifolia (a squash species) grows quickly in cold temperatures. I'm thinking maybe if we grafted watermelons onto C. ficifolia rootstock, they would grow quickly in cold soil, too. Also, maybe the fruits would keep a lot longer (grafting can affect fruit quality).

Anyway, these are just some thoughts.
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Post: # 4869Unread post Tormato
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:49 pm

Have you tried Tetsukabuto F1?

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Post: # 4893Unread post Shule
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:47 pm

Tormato wrote: Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:49 pm Have you tried Tetsukabuto F1?
Johnny's says it's "The squash of choice for the apocalypse."

lol! That's awesome.

I haven't, but now I want to!

I haven't ever grafted a plant, but it's something I've been thinking about.
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Post: # 4961Unread post Nan6b
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:19 pm

Shule wrote: Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:47 pm
Tormato wrote: Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:49 pm Have you tried Tetsukabuto F1?
Johnny's says it's "The squash of choice for the apocalypse."

lol! That's awesome.

I haven't, but now I want to!

I haven't ever grafted a plant, but it's something I've been thinking about.
Johnny's also says "Can be used as a rootstock for enhancing vigor and soil disease resistance in melon, watermelon, and cucumber."

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Re: Grafting watermelon onto C. ficifolia

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Post: # 5129Unread post Tormato
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:12 pm

I only have one problem with Tetsukabuto. The squash is so good (my absolute favorite), I'd feel guilty to use it as watermelon root stock. It is a good problem to have. ;)

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