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  • #16
    Originally posted by Plot70 View Post
    So far there has only been male flowers and they have not been all that big.
    I will just have to wait for some of the female flowers to set to get a better idea of the fruit shape.
    If the flowers are small then they are melons, regardless of shape. Male and female flowers are the same size.

    Also, you said in your previous post that looking at the back of the female flowers you thought they looked like butternuts. How can you have done that if you haven't had any female flowers yet?

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    • #17
      All the female flowers are still buds. You don't have to wait for them to open to sex them.
      Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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      • #18
        I have been at it with the camera.
        First is a butternut from saved seed and then the melon that looks like another butternut and a male flower on the so called melon.
        For comparison I have a cucumber and marrow.

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        Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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        • #19
          Oh yeah, that's a squash and no mistake. Those flowers, leaves, and the plants in general are way too large for melons. Melon plants are dainty, smaller than cucumber plants, much less squash.

          Next time, compare your "melon" seeds to some cucumber seeds. If they are melons, they should look identical.

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          • #20
            It looks like I am going to have overgrown butternuts and no melons this year.
            I have also got some cucamelon plants. They suffered with blackbird dig up and had to be covered with wire mesh. They are very flimsy vines but are in flower.
            Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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            • #21
              I had a cucamelon plant from a friend in 2020. I liked the little fruit, but I know many people don't. My brother-in-law loves cucumber and he really liked them. Very easy to grow in the greenhouse, it just scrambles about itself. I'm going to grow one again next year at the request of the b-i-l .
              Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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              • #22
                What I can say is that the packet of melon seeds was not. They have come up as butternuts and will most likely generate a complaint as I already have some that are now flowering with both male and female flowers.
                The cucamelons look like they will soon have fruit. These were from a packet of seeds.
                The cucumbers produced one cucumber before the spell of hot weather but now have several fruits set. At least they came up as per the seed packet.
                Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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                • #23
                  Last year I grew Black Russian toms that came with GYO mag, but they turned out to be same as the Black Cherry that I already grow. I did contact T&M and they offered a different pack as a replacement, 3 others posted in the thread to say they had the same problem.
                  Location....East Midlands.

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