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Watermelon and cantaloupe flowering but no fruit

Posted by lsst SC z7b (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 10:51

My Ambrosia cantaloupe and Yellow Doll watermelon have been flowering for about 3 weeks.
I assume they are all male flowers. They all look the same.
Everyday, I check for a bloom that would look like a female bloom but have not seen one.
My squash began to send out females much earlier.
How long after the male flowers do watermelons and cantaloupes begin sending out the female flowers?
I have little bees all over the flowers so I do not think pollination will be a problem.

Thanks in advance!


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RE: Watermelon and cantaloupe flowering but no fruit

  • Posted by tammysf 9b/10a or sz15/16 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 14:26

My melons have been in ground for almost 2 months. They have been flowering for a few weeks but only males. Just started seeing females a few days ago.


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RE: Watermelon and cantaloupe flowering but no fruit

The female blooms come about 10 days later than the male blooms. These female blooms are ALWAYS further out on the vine than the male blooms. They also are greenish in the center ans the petals are lightewr gold than the male petals are.
The plant does not always want to raise babies with the very first female blossom, but more likely with the second or third one.


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RE: Watermelon and cantaloupe flowering but no fruit

Thanks,
I will check the outer vines to see if any females are developing.


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RE: Watermelon and cantaloupe flowering but no fruit

I do see little immature female flowers at the very end of he watermelon. I do not see any on the cantaloupe.


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RE: Watermelon and cantaloupe flowering but no fruit

I've got the same thing going on here. I told those canteloupe plants this evening "Enough with the Bachelor Party already!!" LOL My watermelons have both males and females, they just can't seem to get their timing together. Hopefully one of these days they will both be blooming at the same time. Good luck with yours, too!
Edie


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