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Shark Fin Melon/Cucurbita Ficifolia fruit aborting

Posted by richard_505 6b Victoria BC (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 23, 13 at 14:23

I planted 3 of these in my garden this year and I'm seeing a lot of the melons abort after being pollinated and growing about 2.5x it's original size.

I've had to cut around 8 of them off because they just stop growing and end up turning brown and going soft on the blossom end.

On the attached picture, the blossom end is discolored brown and dry with a foamy feel while the stem end is white, firm, and 'wet'.

Any idea as to what would cause this? Weather? Lack of nutrients?

The good news is that one didn't abort and is about the size of my fist.


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RE: Shark Fin Melon/Cucurbita Ficifolia fruit aborting

Well, I don't see nay developing seeds. So likely insufficient pollen grains were present fro successful fertilization. Perhaps also environmental glitch at flowering?


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RE: Shark Fin Melon/Cucurbita Ficifolia fruit aborting - more

Here's info how to grow it, including suitable temps and more
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cucurbita+ficifolia

Here is a link that might be useful: how to grow it


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RE: Shark Fin Melon/Cucurbita Ficifolia fruit aborting

I don't think pollinating is the problem since im using about 3 males (each loaded with pollen) for every female but I'll keep that in mind for the next few weeks. I'm still waiting to see if the 6 small ones will grow but they've been stagnate for a few weeks.


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RE: Shark Fin Melon/Cucurbita Ficifolia fruit aborting

I think the melon shown is too young and seeds have not developed. Shark Fin melon is a winter squash, IMO>


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