Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon

liisa_rwc(10b Bay Area CA)January 8, 2009

Hi All,

I was reading through my "Vegetable Gardener's BIBLE" book and came upon this on page 253...

"Bitter Relative: Grow melons far enough from cucumbers and winter squash so the vines cannot intertwine. The melon will be bitter if their blossoms are pollinated by either of these related plants."

So my question is... have any of you grown cucumbers, cantaloupe, and watermelons together (I am taking about very small varieties.. petite sizes) and have noticed a bitter flavor?

Liisa

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akowaleski

This shouldn't happen. Cross pollination would only affect the seeds that formed within the melons, not the melons themselves.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2009 at 10:33PM
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greenbean08_gw(PNW)

Wow, I hope not. I'm planning to put my vining plants in one bed together. I'm planning watermelon, cukes & spaghetti squash, and maybe a pumpkin all near each other.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 1:19AM
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carolynp(z7)

I'm with akowalski, my botany suggests that pollination affects the next generation, not this one. Still, I have heard not to let cukes pollinate your other squash...

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 1:32AM
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liisa_rwc(10b Bay Area CA)

Thanks akowaleski!

greenbean
Me too!
Unless someone posts that this has happened to them...
I'm going to go for it :-)

Liisa

Here is a link that might be useful: Liisa's Garden Journey

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 1:33AM
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liisa_rwc(10b Bay Area CA)

Thanks carolynp...

OK so the cukes and the melons in the same bed.
Squash and pumpkins I was going to plant in large containers anyway so I can make sure they are not too close to the cukes.

Liisa

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 1:42AM
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mom2brina(z6IL)

This year will be my second doing SFG, so I am realllllly not an expert.

Last year I planted cukes and cantaloupe together (the watermelon died in all the wet we had in the Spring). I have to say, I was dissappointed in the melons. They weren't bitter, but weren't sweet either. I'm not sure that cross pollination is the reason either, but I thought I'd let you know my experience.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2009 at 8:47AM
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liisa_rwc(10b Bay Area CA)

mom2brina,

Thanks for info. This will be my first SFG so I will give it a go and report back.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2009 at 9:18PM
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