Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Butterfly Junction
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:59 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:30 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:08 am

» Cauliflower
by sanderson Today at 7:59 am

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by MrBooker Today at 6:44 am

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:24 am

» Forum Poll: Social Media
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:21 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Today at 2:56 am

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos Today at 12:49 am

» EMT Clips
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:02 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:04 pm

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie 1/20/2017, 8:18 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson 1/20/2017, 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker 1/20/2017, 4:46 am

» New England January 2017
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:11 pm

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos 1/19/2017, 9:45 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2017, 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 1/19/2017, 5:46 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 1/19/2017, 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco 1/18/2017, 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising 1/18/2017, 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 1/18/2017, 7:20 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 1/18/2017, 9:23 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

cucumbers and cantelope

View previous topic View next topic Go down

cucumbers and cantelope

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?

lilperu

Posts : 8
Join date : 2014-04-15
Location : New Orleans

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: cucumbers and cantelope

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

boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 63
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: cucumbers and cantelope

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.

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12680
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: cucumbers and cantelope

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.

____________________________

I think my sunflower plant can take me in a fair fight...it's taller than me, and it keeps giving me dirty looks. Shocked

My garden progress:
MyFolia.com - Garden Tracking Community Find more about Weather in Las Vegas, NV

brainchasm

Male Posts : 463
Join date : 2013-02-26
Age : 41
Location : Las Vegas, NV

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: cucumbers and cantelope

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.

Pollinator

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2012-06-23
Location : Coastal SC

View user profile http://gardensouth.org

Back to top Go down

Re: cucumbers and cantelope

Post  Sponsored content Today at 9:14 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum