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What is this large plant that came up when I turned my soil?

Gardening & Landscaping Asked by user9782 on October 24, 2021

I turned my soil recently and this huge plant started to grow. I have put my hand there to show the size. It does not seem to be a weed so I would really want to know if this is some kind of vegetable or fruit plant. Can someone help me identify? Thanks.

plant with big round leave

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I have one like this in my front garden that popped up. I looked it up on the Plantnet app and it came up with Velvetleaf - a wildflower that will have yellow/orange flowers.

Answered by April on October 24, 2021

It could be a pumpkin plant or some kind of squash, but to me it looks a lot like a pumpkin plant that sprouted a little while back.

Answered by Nick on October 24, 2021

Do you eat cantaloupe or muskmelon at your house?

muskmelon aka cantaloupe

A few years ago I used some compost in my flower garden and surprise! I had a plant similar to yours growing amongst my marigolds. I let it keep growing, very sure it wasn't a weed. Like others have mentioned I thought it was a squash or cucumbers. It ended up being a muskmelon. We eat it for breakfast a lot and so some seeds had ended up in the compost, then my garden.

Unfortunately they require quite a long time to grow (80-90 days above 70 degrees F or something like that) so I never got to eat one of them. (I live in New England, so I would have had to start them much sooner and kept them warm)

Let it grow and see what you've got. If it is a muskmelon, and you're in a more friendly zone for melons than I, pinch off all but one or two fruits so they are nice and sweet, and keep them on pea gravel or elevate them off the ground some other way so they don't rot on the soil. Once they start to ripen (you will see the flesh beneath the web-like texture start to turn orange) only water enough to prevent wilting, to further increase the sweetness.

Answered by Jax on October 24, 2021

It looks like Hollyhock. The stems will grow tall with beautiful flowers

Answered by Dinakar Jayarajan on October 24, 2021

It's a pumpkin plant I have the exact same thing growing but I planted the seeds

Answered by Gannon on October 24, 2021

That looks like a squash of some kind. It will probably send out runners and spread quite a bit. The fruit should be edible, but I can't really tell what it will look like. It may be more like a pumpkin (it resembles Cucurbita maxima).

Answered by J. Musser on October 24, 2021

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