Do you need two of cucumbers, squash, melons etc for pollination?

danidoo22May 6, 2012

My question is do you need two of a paticular plant for pollination? What i have always been told and seen in my own gardens is most things have both male and female blossoms are there exceptions to this rule when it comes to squash melons cucumbers?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Yes there are exceptions so it all depends on the variety you are growing.

In addition, even with the varieties that are self-pollinating having more than one plant increases the odds/percentage of pollination that occurs.

Dave

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 6:41PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

You don't necessarily need two of any cucurbit to get pollination; as long as the pollen is transferred from the male flower to the female flower, they will self pollinate. Breeders & seed savers often "self" cucurbits (pollinate with a flower from the same plant) to get pure seed.

However, I agree with Dave. The female flower is only open for a day; if no males are open on the same plant, no pollination will take place. More plants means more flowers, which increases the odds. More plants also increases the bee activity, which again betters the chances of good pollination.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 1:30AM
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Edymnion(7a)

Yup, more flowers open at any given time = better chances for pollination and fruit set.

If you have any doubt or want to take matters into your own hands, watch for a female flower to appear and then find a male flower thats open at the same time. Pick the male flower off, take the petals off, and brush the female flower down with the male flower's bits.

That'll almost always get the job done.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:21AM
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jolj(7b/8a)

I agree.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 12:06PM
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