Are Pumpkin Vines Gender Specific?

Edymnion(7a)September 16, 2012

So this year I tried a couple of pumpkin vines (a gray and a white). The white died, but one gray jarrandale survived. I figured I might get lucky and be able to hand pollinate to get a few pumpkins off it, so I left it to go by itself.

I checked in on it practically daily all season, and it never had a single female flower on it. I saw dozens of flowers come and go, all male.

Are pumpkins gender specific? Is a vine either entirely male or entirely female?

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farmerdill

negative. There are male AND female flowers on each plant.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 4:56PM
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ccabal(7)

I wonder what triggers male vs female flowers. I notice some of my vines tend to have more female flowers than others. Is it the health of the vine, how far along it is?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 12:55PM
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weirdtrev

There are a lot of factors that affect flowering. One of which is day length. I know in my garden the few plants survived the onslaught of pests and powdery mildew are mostly putting out females. But yeah health of the plant is definitely a factor.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 10:46AM
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