The Q&A Archives: Cross-breeding Watermelons

Question: I have planted three hills of watermelons, each with a different variety. I spaced the hills 12 feet apart and then planted cantaloupe in between them. Will the different vareities of watermelon cross-pollinate and produce unwanted results? Could they cross-pollinate with the cantaloupe?

Answer: The watermelons will cross pollinate, but it will not affect this year's fruit. In fact it is a good idea to hedge your bet by planting more than one variety. You probably won't want to save the seed, as they would produce a plant that would be a mixture of the parents, and most likely inferior to either parent.

Watermelons and canteloupe will not cross pollinate.

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