I’ve never grown them before! In fact I’m not good at veggie growing but thought I’d try these little beauties! This is the largest one so far, being a mere 5cm in length – they shouldn’t grow much larger than that, being the smaller variety –
I believe overseas they are not well known!! Normal gem squash are a bit larger than a tennis ball – interesting article here – http://www.cooksister.com/2010/10/gem-squash-central-finding-them-growing-them-and-eating-them.html
Mine are the baby gems … softer in texture with a delicate flavour. I scattered a packet of seeds, most of which didn’t come up, but what did grow, is enough for me to handle – they’re taking up a lot of space creeping all over the place!!!
Many of the flowers have dropped off or been chewed off before the gems grow …
The golden yellow trumpet flowers don’t appear to stay open for long – this one below – taken this morning after heavy overnight rain – is the same flower I photographed yesterday (3rd photo from the top – img1235)
… and now it looks like this … (midday)