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CUCURBITA moschata 'Tromba d'Albenga'

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Family

Cucurbitaceae

Botanical Name

CUCURBITA moschata 'Tromba d'Albenga'

Plant Common Name

Trombone-shaped Zucchini of Albenga, Zucchetta, Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino

General Description

What a delicious conversation piece! Zucchetta rampicante tromboncino is an Italian heirloom squash that bears remarkable trombone-shaped fruits with long sinuous "necks" and bulbous bases. The smooth, yellow-green immature fruits are like summer squash and delicious eaten sautéed, roasted or steamed. Some say they have an artichoke-like flavor. Mature fruits become quite large and have tan skin surrounding yellowish flesh that can be roasted, though this squash is best eaten young. The rambling plants may be trained on a sturdy trellis or allowed to trail on the ground. Harvest young 'Tromba d'Albenga' squash between 75 and 80 days after sowing.

This squash is of the species Cucurbita moschata, a warm season, annual vine originating from the Americas. The large, rambling plants cling to supports via tendrils and form roots along the stems as they spread. The enormous lobed green leaves have a prickly surface texture that can irritate the skin. As with most cucurbits, separate male and female flowers appear on the same plant. The male flowers appear first on the vine followed by the female flowers, which have distinctive bulbous ovaries at their bases. The blossoms are large, golden yellow and pollinated by bees.

Sow squash seeds directly into mounds of rich, light soil after the danger of frost has passed. Full sun is required for successful flowering and fruiting. To reduce the risk of fungal problems, avoid unnecessary wetting of vine stems and leaves. Monitor closely for stem borers, leaf bugs and beetles, and protect from browsing deer, birds and rodents in autumn. The mature squash of 'Tromba d'Albenga' are quite ornamental. Cut them from the vine before heavy frost when the rind is firm and solid in color, leaving enough stem to discourage fruit rot.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    White, Green, Light Yellow, Tan

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes