Can you grow pumpkins and squash together?
While cross-pollination is possible among some cucurbits, it can occur only within the same species. Because pumpkin and squash are part of the same species, Cucurbita pepo, they may cross-pollinate if planted close to each other. However, the fruit quality of the current season's harvest is not typically affected.
Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae) Assorted melons & squash: A. Pumpkin, B. Watermelon, C. Crenshaw Melon, D. Cantaloupe, E. Honeydew Melon, F. Spaghetti Squash. The squash and pumpkin are varieties of Cucurbita pepo, while the melons & canteloupe are varieties of Cucumis melo.
- "Gourd" refers to a family of vine-grown fruits which include melons, squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers but "gourd" usually means either a thing made out of a dried gourd shell or a squash-like fruit with a neck, and "melon" refers to several sweeter fruits of the family. 2 the Old World plant that yields the melon.
- Step 1: Choose Your Melon. Identifying a nice, ripe melon is easy.
- Step 2: Cut in Half.
- Step 3: Scoop Out Seeds.
- Step 4: Slice Into Wedges.
- Step 5: Remove Rind.
- Step 6: Slice!
- Step 7: Serve.
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- The skin of the fruit is hard and usually bright orange. Most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash and courgette (zucchini) belong to the C.pepo species. Butternut squash is an example of this species. Most of what we refer to as gourds belongs to Lagenaria siceraria.
Melons are one of the most compatible plants in the garden and do well when planted with peas, pole beans, bush beans, onions, leeks, chives, and garlic. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, okra, spinach, sunflowers, lettuce, and Brussels sprouts also flourish in the companionship of melons.
- Melons are one of the most compatible plants in the garden and do well when planted with peas, pole beans, bush beans, onions, leeks, chives, and garlic. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, okra, spinach, sunflowers, lettuce, and Brussels sprouts also flourish in the companionship of melons.
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- Roses and Garlic.
- Cucumbers and Nasturtiums.
- Potatoes and Sweet Alyssum.
- Cauliflower and Dwarf Zinnias.
- With proper care, both plants in each pair should be thriving in no time.
- Cabbage And Tomatoes.
- Cucumbers And Radishes.
- Cucumbers And Sunflowers.
- Onions And Lettuce (And Beets And Carrots, Too!)
- Herbs And Just About Anything!
- Lettuce And Carrots.
- Corn, Squash And Beans.
Both are annual cucurbit vines, but cucumber vines produce long, green slender fruit, while cantaloupes are netted-skin melons with salmon-colored flesh. Because both vines are in the cucurbit family, gardeners often believe the two can cross-pollinate, but this is not true.
- This means that watermelons and squash, which are not the same species, will not cross pollinate. For example, cross pollination can occur between squash and pumpkins or squash and zucchini, because they belong to the same plant species, Cucurbita pepo, but watermelon is part of a different species, Citrullus lanatus.
- Hand pollination for melons with the male flower starts with carefully removing a male flower from the plant. Strip away the petals so that the stamen is left. Carefully insert the stamen into an open female flower and gently tap the stamen on the stigma (the sticky knob). Try to evenly coat the stigma with pollen.
- Cantaloupe, like the other cucurbits, produces separate male and female flowers. A unique feature is they also have some flowers with both male and female parts. But they still rely on bees to do the pollinating for them. If there are not enough bees, the female flowers won't be pollinated, and no fruit will form.
Updated: 6th October 2019