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#3154788 - 02/07/13 09:15 AM Re: Heirloom Seeds...Where to find??? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
Yes squash,punkins and other cubits can cross pollinate.Grow a hot pepper to close to a Bell pepper and they will cross into a hotbell pepper. one big reason I grow Heirlooms is to save seeds.Keep them in a separate garden or a good distance away from other cubits to avoid problems when saving and swapping seed.

http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2006/curbits.shtml
you can hand pollinate cucurbits easily and then cover the blooms and mark them so you remember which ones to save seed from. I've never heard of a squash crossing with a cuke or melon or other cucurbit. I think they have to be closely related like zucchini and yellow squash or different cultivars like Connecticut field pumpkin and sugar pumpkins. I've never heard of bells and hot peppers crossing but it makes perfect sense. Just cover the blooms with some kind of mesh before they open, make sure the mesh is fine enough to keep out other pollen, and the flowers self pollinate inside the mesh without contamination
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#3154850 - 02/07/13 10:16 AM Re: Heirloom Seeds...Where to find??? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
woodchuckc
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 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
Yes squash,punkins and other cubits can cross pollinate.Grow a hot pepper to close to a Bell pepper and they will cross into a hotbell pepper. one big reason I grow Heirlooms is to save seeds.Keep them in a separate garden or a good distance away from other cubits to avoid problems when saving and swapping seed.

http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2006/curbits.shtml


This is true, but you won't see the effects of cross-pollination unless you save seeds from the hybrid and grow them out. For example hot and bell peppers do cross, but the peppers from that year will be normal (hot peppers from the hot pepper plants, bell peppers from the bell pepper plants). Grow out the seeds you saved from the crossed peppers and you will get an unstable hybrid that you won't know the characteristics of until you get fruit (peppers).

Also, squash, pumpkins and many but not all varieties of gourds will certainly cross pollinate each other. I've got some pretty weird looking results from volunteer plants that I let grow in my garden once after I planted some gourds and yellow squash too close together the previous year.

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#3155851 - 02/08/13 07:38 AM Re: Heirloom Seeds...Where to find??? [Re: woodchuckc]
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Baker Creek Heirloom seeds best place with largest selection been ordering from them for years
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#3156637 - 02/08/13 06:47 PM Re: Heirloom Seeds...Where to find??? [Re: BlountArrow]
WestTn Huntin'man
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
Great info. This is what I'm looking for. I had heard of certain gourds cross pollinating with others, and I knew I had to be careful with that. I've heard they can actually be poisonous but that the taste is so rancid you wouldn't eat it (don't know if there is truth to that). Is there any good literature, books, etc out there that I could buy that would help me gain more knowledge that you would recommend. Man, if I had only gotten interested earlier or if my papaw had only lived a few more years...what a wealth of knowledge he would have been on this subject for me to go to.




http://mastergardener.tennessee.edu/index_about_county.html

I learned a lot from the Master Gardener program.Most counties have them these days. U.T. has a good program in place .
http://mastergardener.tennessee.edu/
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#3161318 - 02/12/13 03:47 PM Re: Heirloom Seeds...Where to find??? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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#3161567 - 02/12/13 06:59 PM Re: Heirloom Seeds...Where to find??? [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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