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  • #16
    Now 8 melons confirmed pollinated.

    There were several female flowers open today, but sadly I couldn't pollinate them as all of the flowers were washed out from the rain.

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    • #17
      I'm down to 6 fruit now, sadly.
      One of the ones I thought had pollinated has aborted, and one other got tunnelled by a slug.
      The six remaining fruit are swelling nicely, though.

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      • #18
        My Emir Melons appears to only have female flowers. What do I do now? Will male flowers pop up soon?
        Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

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        • #19
          They should do. Although usually male flowers come first, so that is a bit odd. Can you at least see male buds coming?

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          • #20
            Here's a few pics of the flowers Ameno.
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            • #21
              Every one of those is male.
              Female flowers have a fruitlet behind them. The fruitlet is about the same size as the flower bud itself before it opens.
              Also, male flowers have long stalks, as you can see, whereas female ones have stubby stalks. Male flowers also often appear in clusters, as you can see there (they don't all open at once, but you can clearly see more buds growing in the same cluster), whereas female flowers always appear singly.
              Last edited by ameno; 24-06-2020, 05:59 PM.

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              • #22
                Oh b*****! I thought males had sticky out bits in the middle of the open flowers. Thanks for putting me right. I shall now hope for a female to make an appearance!
                Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by peanut View Post
                  Oh b*****! I thought males had sticky out bits in the middle of the open flowers. Thanks for putting me right. I shall now hope for a female to make an appearance!
                  The stamens on cucurbit flowers are short, fat and fused together in a single block, so they end up looking not dissimilar to the stigma of the female flowers, although you can tell the difference once you learn what to look for.

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                  • #24
                    You do realise you are now my go to, melon flower guru!
                    Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

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                    • #25
                      Three female watermelon flowers open today. I (hopefully) managed to pollinate two of them. Didn't have enough male flowers for the third.

                      The first female flower on the volunteer melon plant opened today, so I pollinated it. I wonder what variety it will be? I also found that the male flowers on this one have much more pollen on them than the others I'm growing, so are excellent for pollinating.

                      The one stubborn Collective Farm Woman melon plant which wasn't producing female flowers is now finally producing them, and lots of them, too.

                      The banana melon plants are taking over; they seem to grow several inches a day. They also have dozens of female flowers, but so far none seem to have pollinated, sadly.

                      The six swelling melons now range from tennis ball to fist size.
                      Last edited by ameno; 28-06-2020, 08:10 PM.

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                      • #26
                        Ameno! Are these female flowers?
                        Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

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                        • #27
                          Yes, those are indeed female flowers.
                          The second should open tomorrow, the first probably Thursday (assuming the photos were taken today).

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                          • #28
                            Oh fantastic! Now what do I do with them?
                            Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by peanut View Post
                              Oh fantastic! Now what do I do with them?
                              Hand-pollinate.
                              Once they open, find a male flower, pick it off, then carefully remove all the petals. Then rub the stamen of the male flower onto the stigma of the female flower, transferring the pollen. You can also use a soft paintbrush for this, but I find that less reliable.
                              I find that male flowers tend to have a rather variable amount of pollen, so you may want to check each flower for pollen before you try to use it for pollination. After stripping it of its petals, pass it gently across your finger. You should see some grains of pollen come off on your finger if that male flower has a decent amount of pollen on it.

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                              • #30
                                Thanks so much Ameno
                                Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                                Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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