This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

a female pumpkin blossom!

pumpkin flower pumpkin patch
pumpkin flower close up
Finally a female pumpkin flower has opened on my giant pumpkin vines! I'm sooo excited. But am keeping my fingers crossed that the fruit sets. This flower bloomed three days ago - on Sunday. There were lots of bumble bees around, so I am hoping they pollinated this flower. Yesterday the flower had closed and the pumpkin still looked good. We'll see.

I was surprised to see how different the female flower looks from all the male ones (the plants have many of these). Very fancy!

"The female flower contains an ovary that is inferior, usually with a single locule with 1 to 3 placentas. Ovules and seeds vary from one to many in each fruit. The male flower has 1 to 5 stamens with 3 being average. Botanically, the fruit is a pepo, a fruit type in which the ovary wall is fused with the receptacle tissue to form a hard rind." from UGA Hort Dept.

pumpkin vine
Pumpkin -- Cucurbitaceae spp.



Blogger Matron said...

One of my pumpkin vines 'sugar baby' just came up with hundreds of male flowers this year, and nothing else. Not a sausage! Anyway, come have a look at my one success...

September 12, 2007 1:51 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Your pumpkin is quite unusual. Just turn it around!

My bad news is this pumpkin didn't set. Its shriveling on the vine. Oh well. Maybe next year. :(

September 13, 2007 10:48 PM


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