I have a 12-14' (mostly vertical) Tigger Melon vine growing that appears quite healthy. It has grown several male flowers in the past but currently it has it's first female flower and no visible male flowers.

Can I do anything to pollinate it or will it be lost? It's in an enclosed greenhouse space so manual pollination is typically expected.

I also have a healthy Model Melon vine growing which does have male flowers (but not female flowers) - is cross-pollination possible?

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Yes. They should be the same species (Cucumis melo); so, provided you do it properly and it takes, you should be able to cross-pollinate the Tigger melon flower with the Model melon pollen.

  • Thanks I'll give it a shot! Also wondering if it's typical that there would be only a female flower without any male flowers? Is that maybe a sign something isn't quite right?
    – Enigma
    Jul 9, 2020 at 17:34
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    @Enigma It's not typical (usually a bunch of male flowers come first if there's a trend), but I wouldn't worry. It should eventually produce more flowers. Giving it some extra phosphorus might help. I like monopotassium phosphate and monoammonium phosphate. Jul 10, 2020 at 1:14

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