Pumpkins, like cucumbers have, pumpkin, squash, muskmelon and watermelon two kinds of flowers on each plant. In contrast to plants with flowers that contain both male and female parts, and specialized pumpkin flowers are either male or female. The two types of each flower unique structures and function.
Male squash blossoms have long stirred more than female flowers have. Within the petals of the male flower, the pollen-producing anthers. Female flowers have no anthers. Instead, they have stigma in the flower and one ovary, an unripe fruit, which looks like a small bulge between the flower and the stem.
The male flowers unfold first. Typically, the first eight male flowers on a pumpkin plant. The female flowers open in about a week after doing the male flowers. The female flowers bloom at dusk and are closed before noon. The flowers are not pollinated fall from the vine.
The male flowers early the attention of pollinators. Both male and female flowers produce nectar, the female produce more than the male. Bees are the most common pollinators pumpkins, with honey bees, bumble bees, honey bees and squash the most common. The bees collect nectar and pollen from the ferry the male flowers of the female.
The female flowers set fruit only when several seeds in the ovary have been pollinated. Each female flower has made at least 15 visits by bees to do the job properly obtained. If the flower does not receive insufficient pollen will develop little seeds. The seeds, which release growth-regulating hormones, so inadequate pollination results in small or poorly trained fruit.
Squash blossom fritters are a seasonal delicacy. Take this fried, battered blooms only from the male flowers. Especially in dry years, the male flowers can outnumbered the female 10 to 1 The female flowers are for the setting of the fruit, so eat female flowers will cut into your pumpkin harvest.