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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jun 12, 2017 3:19 PM CST
Can someone help me identify if this is a male or female flower ? (Icebox watermelon )
I think male because it's only been open since yesterday, now closing. Just want to make sure

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 12, 2017 4:15 PM CST
Male. The female flower will have a tiny watermelon at the base of the flower (just above where your fingers are).

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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jun 12, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Oh okay thanks!
One more question.
Once the female flowers come in, I problably need to hand pollinate them, because we don't have many bees right now
What if there's no male flowers avaliable?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 12, 2017 5:51 PM CST
I'm sure there will be plenty of male flowers hanging around when the time comes. Smiling
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Jun 12, 2017 5:56 PM CST

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Male flowers usually open first, but sometimes you'll get an early female. If there are no males flowers open at the time then that fruit is simply not going to set, it'll turn yellow and fall off the vine. Don't worry, the plant will make many more.
Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jun 12, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Okay thank you! Thumbs up

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