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Pumpkin, Squash and Zucchini Vines

Updated on October 21, 2017
upper left - zucchini vine / lower right - pumpkin vine
upper left - zucchini vine / lower right - pumpkin vine

All summer I have been watching my neighbors pumpkin vine grow along one fence and across the adjoining fence. This neighbor makes a vegetable patty from the pumpkin flowers so I was not surprised to not see any of the orange flowers until she left on vacation and some grew on the lower portion of what I thought was one vine.

I noticed the difference in the leaves but just didn't give it a thought until lo and behold the most disfigured pumpkin started to grow. To my shame, I did not know that the zucchini vine mirrors the pumpkin vine except for the white spots on the leaves. You can see the difference in the above photo.

In my defence, my neighbor has never grown zucchini before this year and only put in the seeds as an experiment. I would say her experiment was a total success. These pictures also show that growing both vines in the same area can also be a success.

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zucchini vinezucchini leafzucchini on the vine
zucchini vine
zucchini vine
zucchini leaf
zucchini leaf
zucchini on the vine
zucchini on the vine


Canning zucchini is one of my most popular hubs. This little known technique has become very popular since my neighbor taught me how to put up this vegetable for use over the winter.

The leaves on zucchini and squash plants have white viens through them, The first year my neighbors tow plants intertwined I was facinated by them and then the long squash appeared where I thought a pumpkin should be.

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pumpkin vinepumpkin vine with flower
pumpkin vine
pumpkin vine
pumpkin vine with flower
pumpkin vine with flower


Pumpkin is one of my favorite vegetables in the Fall. It can be used as a decoration for Halloween or hollowed out and the pulp made into delicious pumpkin recipes.

My neighbor takes the flowers and uses them to make a small fried patty. The difference in the leaves of a pumpkin plant is that there are no white viens showing on the leaves.


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  • bearnmom profile imageAUTHOR

    Laura L Scotty 

    8 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    It seems I am mistaken -- the vine I took for zuchini was some type of squash. My neighbor has not harvested the biggest of the two squash you see above. He is going for the growing record and it is now almost long enough to reach the ground from the top of his fence.

  • E M Smith profile image

    E M Smith 

    8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Sounds worth trying


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