Monday, April 23, 2012

Pumpkin Blossoms

My son's pumpkin plant has continued to grow in our window sill.  My husband thinks it is so neat how the vine grabbed a hold of the spoon to keep itself up.

We looked up on line how to pollinate a pumpkin.  And to our amazement pumpkin plants have separate male and female flowers.  When he was studying in his science book all the flowers showed the pistil and the stamens on one flower.  So we were confused when the first few flowers started opening and we only saw one large stamen in the center.

He has had 6 blossoms so far and they have all been males.  We want to try and pollinate one just to learn more about science.  This is what he is doing right now in his science lessons so it is perfect hands on learning.  So we went back to the computer and looked up about pollination again.  Apparently the male flowers bloom for a week or two before the female flowers even begin to bloom.  And there are several male flowers for every female flower that forms.  So we are still hoping that we will get a female flower in the near future.  So he can see the difference and try his hand at hand pollinating a pumpkin.  I will keep you posted on how his window sill pumpkin science experiment unfolds!!!


Kathy ~ Cackles and Berries said...

This is awesome- what a great science experiment. Do you homeschool?

Wonderwoman said...

Pollination is exciting science in action! It was one of our first homeschool science experiments. Those 'extra' male flowers are pretty yummy served stuffed with scrambled eggs and cheese. :)