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Posted by Elee ( from Ca on 2002-06-26 18:24:21

I buy my plants at a garden center.
I had to reset them two times and finaly they grew but almost no cucumbers so far. Is this the year of no cukes?
  • Same thing as the watermelon
    Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-06-27 07:19:03

    Are you getting blossoms?
    Are there male and female blossoms?
    Are there bees around to pollinate these blossoms?
    • cucumber
      Posted by Elee ( from Ca zone 9 on 2002-06-27 13:34:50

      Quoting Kimm: ------------
      -Are you getting blossoms?
      -Are there male and female blossoms?
      -Are there bees around to pollinate these blossoms?
      there are blossoms and lots of bees.
      I'll ttry more water. They are planted between a squash and a tomato.
      Any way that may be a problem?
      • Blossoms, no fruits
        Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-06-28 07:14:54

        You may not have the right bees. Apparently there are only a couple of species of bees that will pollinate cucurbits. Also check your blossoms to be sure there are both male and female around, a female blossom will have the ovary right behind the blossom, between the blossom and the stem while a male won't.
        If both types of blossoms are there you may need to hand pollinate. Take a male blossom, peel off the petals, and waggle the Anthers around the female blossom so contact is made with the Stigma. One male blossom should be able to pollinate 5 females.


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