Pumpkin Isolation - Knowledgebase Question

BOWLING GREEN, KY
Question by biglerm
March 2, 1998
How important is it to keep pumpkins away from cucumbers and melons, and even different types of pumpkins (carving vs. baby boos)?


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 1998

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It is only important if you plan to save the seeds at the end of the season, and plant them next year. If you use seeds that have been cross-pollinated, you may end up with strange pumpkin/squash/melon mix.

There is no need to isolate your plantsif you are not planning to save seeds. Cross-pollination will not affect this year's crop. The only exception might be if you plan to save and roast your pumpkin's seeds--cross pollination may affect their taste somewhat.

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