Seed Saving: Hand Pollination of Melons and Squash

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Saving seeds from melon and squash where more than one variety is growing requires hand pollination to assure that the fruits are ‘true’ to kind. Mike Kiesse…

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11 Responses to Seed Saving: Hand Pollination of Melons and Squash

  1. Please help me understand one thing from your videos. Why do you use tape
    to close the female and male flower? You lost me. Also, what is the purpose
    of the string. I need some clarification. Thanks so much. Mr Donald in
    Savannah Ga.

    January 26, 2014 at 4:29 am

  2. @mrdonaldscott I may get more detail from Mike later. My take is that the
    tape closes the female to make sure that no other pollen gets to it. The
    string is to locate the flowers that have been selected for pollinating the
    day before, based on experience with flowers being ready.

    January 26, 2014 at 5:18 am

  3. @MLUIMedia This from Mike, who is featured in the video: “The male and
    female blossoms need to be taped to prevent contamination from pollen that
    you don’t want to pollinating the female blossom. The male blossom needs tp
    be taped because it can visited by insects with foreign pollen on them thus
    risking the possibility of mixing pollen. Yes, the string is for
    identification purposes only, and in my garden family members can help
    themselves but must not take any I have strings on.

    January 26, 2014 at 6:03 am

  4. they were asking for it

    joe momma
    January 26, 2014 at 6:28 am

  5. When do you tape the flowers? How do you know when to do it?

    Flip Flop Ranch
    January 26, 2014 at 6:32 am

  6. Well done and informative. Thanks.

    January 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

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    January 26, 2014 at 7:45 am

  8. Botanical rape! :-)

    January 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

  9. great video

    January 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

  10. Verona was developed by Mississippi state in the sixties

    January 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

  11. very good

    January 26, 2014 at 9:50 am

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