This was a volunteer growing I believe from whatever was in our compost from last year. There were pumkin seeds in the compost but I don't recall composting gourds. We live in MD ic it makes any difference for ID

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    Have a picture? Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 2:53
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  • Were there any other related seeds in that compost or are you just trying to tell if it's a pumpkin or a gourd? Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 22:41

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It's kind of difficult to gauge without a pic, but if you know for a fact they were pumpkin seeds, it's one of two things:

1. Your Original seed was an F1 hybrid and the progeny will almost never come true from seed.


2. If your seed was from homogeneous seed stock, what you have is the result of cross pollination, where the pollen from another gourd (via wind, bees, Butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.) pollinated your pumpkin's flower resulting in an F1 hybrid (Your new gourd).

The above only applies if the subject of this question is a mature, yet unidentifiable fruit of the gourd family.

I hope this helps.

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    What a wonderful explanation, iuppiter!! Please continue to help us on this site!
    – stormy
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 21:33
  • Don't forget the possibility of mutations (although I would think something else happened). Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 2:03
  • @stormy Thank you. I'll be more than happy to help when I can.
    – iuppiter
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 19:40

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