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Post  lilperu on 4/30/2014, 9:46 pm

A very experienced gardener (I'm a total newbie) told me not to keep cucumbers anywhere near melons because they'll cross pollinate and produce awful tasting hybrid veggies. Then I read that it's a myth and it will only affect the seeds for the next generation, not this season's harvest. Which is it?
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Post  boffer on 4/30/2014, 9:53 pm

The latter is true.  The only exception I know of are the super sweet corn hybrids.

Here's why:

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1996/8-23-1996/crosspol.html
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Post  sanderson on 4/30/2014, 11:27 pm

Since I don't have any bees to pollinate, I have to do it with a set of paintbrushes. Every squash, every cucumber and cantaloupe grows because of the brushes. This morning, a baby female Hubbard opened and I used yellow squash pollen.

I don't save the seeds so I don't have to worry about the pedigrees.
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Post  brainchasm on 5/1/2014, 2:33 am

The part about the seeds is true (ish).

If the thing you would eat is itself, the seed, then yes, you can get yucky/weird seeds (corn).

If the thing you eat is the FRUIT, with seeds inside, the fruit should always be true.

Provided you don't save any of those weird seeds.

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Post  Pollinator on 5/1/2014, 10:25 pm

lilperu wrote:A very experienced gardener (I'm a total newbie) told me not to keep cucumbers anywhere near melons because they'll cross pollinate and produce awful tasting hybrid veggies. Then I read that it's a myth and it will only affect the seeds for the next generation, not this season's harvest. Which is it?

Neither is true, because melons and cukes are different species and cannot cross pollinate at all.

The comment on the next generation would refer to different *varieties* of melons (or cukes) that are cross pollinated and do not produce the next generation exactly like either variety. Deliberate cross pollinations of varieties are done to produce hybrid seeds.

But the fruit is entirely derived from the mother plant, only seeds are affected by cross pollination of varieties.
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