A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: Male and Female Vine Blossoms

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14 August 2012

Male and Female Vine Blossoms

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Are you growing pumpkins this year?
Watermelon?  Squash?  Any type of large vining edible?
Have you looked inside the flowers?
That's where the magic is...

That picture up there?  That is a female flower.  The one below is a male.  See the difference?
She's loaded inside while he is kind of a single long stamen.  (How's that for innuendo....)

Each vine produces a bunch of males before it even wastes time setting the precious female flower 
and the real surprise of that female is actually outside the petals...

Have you ever looked behind the flowers?  
Females have a little mini pumpkin or squash that when fertilized, grows huge and orange (or green or blue or white) 
and ripens to a perfectly roastable, carveable, edible fruit.

The males?  Nadda.

So take a walk around your veggie garden, or be a little curious the next time you visit the pumpkin patch.  

Can you identify the males and the females?
Do you see the baby fruits developing?
Pretty fascinating, don't you think?


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