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Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

Posted by organic_mamag Z6 IN (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 5, 08 at 9:23

This forum has been so helpful! I worried that my pumpkin plants only had male blossoms but then I read on here to wait until the vines were longer. Sure enough, this morning when I did my daily check, I found my first female blossom! I hand-pollinated it with one of the many male blossoms. I'm so excited. I hope it is the first of many.

And on a related note, my zucchini had been producing lots of 3" zucchini that apparently weren't getting pollinated because they'd deflate and turn yellow. Thanks to this forum I started hand-pollinating (using a child's paintbrush) and now I have HUGE zucchini! Yippee!

Thanks!


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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

Congrats! Can't wait for my turn!


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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

could you (or someone) post a pic of a female blossom and a male blossom so a newb pumpkin grower like me can tell the difference...

thanks

dozer


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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

Here are two links for you with pictures:

Illustrated hand pollination You can see the base of male and female flowers. The female flowers are the ones with a baby fruit attached.

Inside of male and female flowers This is a second way to tell the difference.


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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

thanks so much weird, i saw my first female this morning. she is closed tight but I will check often to see the progress and hopefully learn. more

both those links were great

Steve


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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

Can you tell me if theses r male or female pumpkin flowers? i am trying to help my pumpkins plants right now they been getting bombed with bugs & snails i am gonna be buying stuff today hopefully that will work. my pumpkin plants turning yellowish & some look almost like it mite have some mildew or something on it have no idea what that is though. u kinda can see what i am talking about by the second pic....any ideas? thanks
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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

Hard to tell, but just by looking at the insides they look like male flowers. Here is an easy way check - if the flower is connected to a stem, than it is a male; if the flower is connected to a tiny fruit, then it is a female.


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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

My pumpkin blossom look to be female since it has a noticeable bump at the base of the flower, but the inside looks like the male pictured above. Which is it?


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RE: Finally a female pumpkin blossom!

Take a look at the two links I posted further up in the thread. They have both a top and side view of male and female flowers. I would say you have a male flower, a female flower has more than just a bump. The little bump you see is probably just the bottom of the male flower.


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