Can any of these vegetables cross?

treeguy123(AL 7b)June 28, 2008

Can any of these vegetables cross? I would be most happy if all of them would stay the same for next years garden, in other words I don't want any hybrids next year.

Moon and Stars Watermelon

Birdhouse Gourd

Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo) World record variety

Yellow straightneck squash

Pumpkin 'Jack O'Lantern'

Parsley 'Moss Curled'

Spinach 'Melody Hybrid'

Cherokee Wax Bean (Yellow Bush)

Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean

Blue Lake #274 Bush Garden Bean

Any help would be appreciated.

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treeguy123(AL 7b)

I found the answers in another post.
The Bean crosses would be rare.
But the squash and the pumpkin can cross easy.
The others can't cross.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 10:22PM
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If I am not mistaken the gourd can also cross with the squash and pumpkin and probably the watermelon.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 9:53PM
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no the watermelon will not cross with anything . The beans can cross with each other but they are inbreeders so it would be uncommon. Ornamental gourds will crossbred with pumpkins and squash . but I do not think bird house crosses with summer squash , Maybe winter squash though. and the squash and pumpkin can cross breed .

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 1:55PM
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Can a mustard seed be cross with any other seed?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 1:43AM
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mistercross(z6b Ozarks)

grhrtn, mustard is in the large Brassica family. I don't know what it will easily cross with, but the family includes broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, radish, and cabbage.

It won't breed easily, but there is even an effort at the University of Idaho to cross mustard with canola to get mustard's good growing characteristics with a higher quality oil.

Here is a link that might be useful: Encyclopedia: Mustard

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 5:54PM
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As far as pumpkins and squash this is a site that I found when wondering what I can cross some Atlantic Giants with. They are C.Maxima, but as you can see at the end of the report it shows the species and cultivar. I am not a geneticist, but I believe you can cross plants in the same species. So take a look and see. Look to the end of the article as it is a bit drawn out for your purposes.

Here is a link that might be useful: squash report

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 9:30PM
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keking(z6 TN)

Cultivated beans can self-pollinate, but will cross if given the chance. If we raise only one strain, the crossing isn't apparent.
W J Beal raised crossed wax beans back in 1879, and noted their superiority over uncrossed plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: CybeRose & Bulbs

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 1:58PM
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Here's an interesting article describing which cukes, squash, melons, pumpkins etc. can and cannot cross.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 4:19PM
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