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Cross Pollination?

ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 343
We have planted squash and courgettes, in raised beds, almost next to each other. Will this be a problem with pollination and, if so, is there anything we can do ... other than attempt to move one of them? The courgettes are very young and beginning to fruit - we have picked and eaten 4 small courgettes this week. The patty pan squash is only just coming in to flower. We have also planted cucumber, watermelon and cucamelon.
Any thoughts, please?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,373
    No ... they may well pollinate each other and that won't be a problem ... you'll get perfectly normal fruit. 

    The only problem could occur if you save the seeds and use them next year, when they will be a mix of shapes/types.  

    If you were growing any of the bitter gourd/ornamental squash types the resulting seeds may even produce something unpleasant and even a bit toxic ... but that would be the next generation ... not the fruit you get this year. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,560
    almost next to each other or 20m apart, it will make no difference to the pollinating insects
  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 343
    Thank you @Dovefromabove and @nutcutlet ... that's reassuring! 😊
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,373
    edited 11 June
    I would add that I have two types of squash and several courgettes in my veg patch, plus cucumbers in pots on the terrace.  Hopefully the insects will flit from one to another doing what they do best 🐝 :D
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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