According to the seed packet each vine can produce 3 or 4 x 3kg pumpkins. The variety is called Buttercup. (I thought it was Butternut, should have read the packet properly)
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I emailed our local garden guru to find out why my vine was only producing male flowers. Guru said for female flowers to form the runners must be tip pruned.
Aha! There's something I didn't know.
So I went straight outside and cut the tips off each vine.
All the male flowers appear to have died off, so to pollinate the females I'll have to use the pollen I saved in a jar. I hope it's still viable.
These are on one of the bushes I bought from the Community Garden. This variety is labelled money maker. To me the tomatoes look very much like the Tigerella ones I grew a few years ago.
This sturdy looking truss is the Yellow Peach variety, also from the Community Garden. At this stage they look like the vine ripened trusses of red tomatoes available in all supermarket and fruit shops. If they turn yellow, I'll be happy. If not, well, I'll still be happy.
The next four pictures are my baby rockmelons.
I spent a lot of time twirling a tiny paintbrush in each flower I could find, in hopes of some of them becoming pollinated.
And it worked!
It's much harder to differentiate between male and female flowers when they're so small, so I didn't bother checking which was which after the first time, I just "painted" every flower.
I think a couple of them got pumpkin pollen, but I'm not concerned.
That might have happened anyway, if the bees had been doing the job.
(I had the brushes in the same jar.)
A fuzzy baby. This picture is upside down, but really, who cares?
There are quite a few even smaller ones, just fuzzy bumps below the flower yet, and again, lots of yellowed and dead ones.
But the maturing ones are making up for the disappointments, and really, how many rockmelons can I eat?
Well, lots, and I was hoping to grow enough to share with my kids. Maybe next time.