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Post  Shoda on Sat 3 Jul 2010 - 10:58

So, I have been busy trying to pollinate cucumbers with a paint brush. Since I purchased the plants this year, I have six varieties. My lemon cucumber flowers looked strange to me but I tried to pollinate them anyway.

Yesterday I was reading the Territorial Seed catalog and find out that lemon cucumbers are hermaphrodites -- they contain both male and female parts on every flower! Who knew! I can just image the plant laughing at me.

Does this mean that I don't have to try to pollinate this plant by hand? If it has both male and female parts in the same plant, won't it pollinate itself every time?
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Post  Megan on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 16:36

Only if it's in the mood. Smile rofl
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Post  Ha-v-v on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 16:46

Yes when they are hermaphrodite they will do the work of both gender flowers. I read that this year as well. While I didnt get to grow them I sent seedlings to the neighbor I started, and they are doing fine. I will grow them again, I liked their flavor and looks.

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Post  boffer on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 17:27

@Megan wrote:Only if it's in the mood. Smile rofl

good job!
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Re: My hermaphrodite cucumber

Post  Ha-v-v on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 17:33

Only if it's in the mood. Smile rofl
lololol did you crack yourself up, cause it cracked me up for sure !!!!!
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Post  Megan on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 18:19

@Ha-v-v wrote:
Only if it's in the mood. Smile rofl
lololol did you crack yourself up, cause it cracked me up for sure !!!!!
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I got a good laugh out of it. Smile
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Post  1chichi on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 19:09

Oh great, a self-sufficient cucumber, that's what I need.
I hope that means I can cover this one w/ netting and keep the buggers off of it.
A co-worker told me about these last week, and said she will share some of her upcoming harvest with me.
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Re: My hermaphrodite cucumber

Post  Megan on Fri 6 Aug 2010 - 19:45

My pole beans are being extremely self-sufficient also. Shocked
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