Is this a female flower on my cantaloupe?

simplyoranges(9b)April 24, 2012

I started my garden from seeds about a month ago and my cantaloupe are starting to get male flowers, but I was curious if this flower is a female flower. And is it strange that I am getting flowers even though my plant isn't very large. Thanks for taking the time to read.

Flower:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77596805@N04/7110184253/in/photostream/

Plant:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77596805@N04/7110185205/in/photostream/

Video of my garden:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXR5XKyoJkg

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homey_bird

Your flower does not seem to have bloomed yet, but it does look like a female flower with ovaries below the petals.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 2:10PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Yup. Female flowers have the bulge behind the actual flower that will become the fruit. Male flowers will be a straight stem right up until it opens into the actual flower itself.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 2:37PM
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simplyoranges(9b)

Thank you for the information. So is it strange that the plants already have flowers considering they are not very big in size? My watermelon plants are much bigger but have not grown any flowers yet.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 2:42PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Yeah, it is actually. You may want to pinch that flower off. If it gets pollinated, odds are the plant will produce a melon for you, but it'll have to put everything it's got into that one melon. Pinch it now, let the plant grow bigger, and it'll be able to support more fruit later.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:03AM
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