Click here to download a PDF version of this spotlight. Cucumbers, like most cucurbit plants, produce separate male and female flowers on the same plant Figure 1. In botanical terms, these plants are said to be monoecious translation, one-house. On monoecious plants, the male flowers contain stamens that produce pollen, while female flowers have pistils that contain the ovule. Figure 1. Male left and female right cucumber flowers.
What Are the Separate Male & Female Flowers on a Corn Plant?
Minus bad pickup lines, one-night stands, and other social complexities, plants actually do have sex. Most plants sprout bisexual flowers which have both male and female parts , but plants like squash grow separate male and female flowers — still others have both bisexual and single-sex flowers. And, as evolutionary biologists have recently discovered, plants with male and bisexual flowers produce more seeds.
Pollination of your female cannabis plants will make them produce seeds and spend less energy on producing quality buds. But when you recognise the signs of pollination early, you can avoid putting time and resources into a poor harvest. There is a good reason why most growers keep male plants away from their ladies: Pollination from males causes the females to develop seeds. As a result, females focus their energy on seed production, rather than on growing you some fine-quality bud.