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Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon

Posted by liisa_rwc 10b Bay Area CA (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 8, 09 at 21:52

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?


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RE: Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon

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

RE: Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon

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.

RE: Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon

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...

RE: Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon

Thanks akowaleski!

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


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

RE: Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon (ok in same bed?)

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.


RE: Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon

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.

RE: Cucumbers, Cantaloupe and Watermelon


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

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