Pumpkins, a fruit got its name from the Greek word "Pepon" which means large melon. Pumpkins are 90 percent water and sources of potassium and vitamin A. They are ingredients in soups, cakes and breads and roasted seeds are used for snacks. Also pumpkin flowers are edible in salads. Pumpkin plants have some requirements. Usually need a lot of space for their vines to spread and a long enough growing season.
Pumpkin vines have large yellow flowers that grow 4 to 5 centimeters in diameter. The vines bear separate male and female flowers. The first eight flowers on a new pumpkin plant are usually only male flowers. The first female flower opens about a week after the first male flowers. Pumpkins called monoecious because they have separate male and female flowers on the same plant.
Pollen and nectar
A gourd of male flowers produce both pollen and nectar. Female flowers have larger amounts of nectar, but no pollen. The male flower nectar attracts insect pollinators in search of food, such as bees. Because they are already familiar with the vines as nectar source, the bees return to them and carry pollen to the female flowers, when to open them. Male flowers usually bloom for one day then drop off the plant.
Female squash flowers can be identified by the small round fruit at the base of the flower on the stalk. The male flower of the stem shows no swelling below the flower. Only male flowers can bloom on the plant when it is still relatively early in the season, or if the plant is under stress. A plant with male and female flowers, which is not produced any fruit was under stress from temperatures that are too hot or cold, or do not have bees visit. You can hand pollinate the plants using a small brush to the pollen to move from male to female flowers.
Male and female flowers
A flower is a male, or if it only male flowers organs or stamens, but no stamp on the female flower organ contains staminate. Similarly, a female or pistillate flower as if it contains only the stamp and no stamens.