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2942Re: Graduate Student with Introduction and Questions

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  • pollinator2001
    Sep 19, 2013
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      For some reason the line break messed up the link to the cucumber article. You can find it by going to http://gardensouth.org/ , then choosing cucumbers from the categories, and it's the second article.

      Retired pollination contractor

      --- In beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com, "pollinator2001" <Pollinator@...> wrote:
      > --- In beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com, "Hamblin, April" <hamblina@> wrote:
      > >
      > > preferably an easy annual that is readily available c. a
      > > plant that is relatively easy/standard to tell how efficiently it was
      > > pollinated.
      > Watermelons are easy. Simply count the ratio of mature seeds to undeveloped (white) seeds. (Won't work with seedless hybrids, of course.)
      > Cucumbers will show you by their shape. http://gardensouth.org/2011/07/21/why-are-my-cucumber-falling-off-or-becoming-deformed/
      > Apples(or pomes in general) are also easy. Cut crosswise and count the seeds. Most cultivars have ten seeds for perfect pollination, though a few varieties can have twelve or more. If you have 4-6 seeds, the quality, shape, and size will be noticeably inferior, and if you have less than 4, the apple will usually go down in the June drop.
      > Dave
      > Retired pollination contractor
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