The Q&A Archives: Pumpkin Female Flowers

Question: How can you tell if a pumpkin flower is male or female?

Answer: Squash plants generally produce male flowers early in the season and then produce both male and female flowers as the vines continue to grow. Male flowers will have a straight stem behind the flower petals. Female flowers have a slight swelling on the stem just behind the petals. This swelling will eventually produce a fruit, providing the flower was pollinated.

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