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Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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tgarden711
Jul 28, 2013 4:42 AM CST
My husband planted a few gourd seeds , they have been blooming but the blooms turn brown and do not make any gourds. There is only one small gourd on the plants. We have plenty of bees. What is causing that?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2013 11:17 AM CST
Stress on the plant or lack of pollination. Has the weather been unduly hot? If there are lots of bees around, do you actually see them at your gourd plants?
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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tgarden711
Jul 28, 2013 3:09 PM CST
We had about 10 days reaching 90 degrees or more. Have not paid much attention to the bees except that there are lots of them around. I have a lot of flowers in the same area. The bees seem to like my hummingbird feeders. So far the 1 little gourd is hanging on.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2013 3:26 PM CST
I would bet it was stress. Make sure they are watered really, really well and see what happens. But you could try hand pollinating some just to see if you want. It is so easy to do. Just use a Q- Tip and transfer pollen from a male flower to a female flower.
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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Birds Dog Lover Region: Kentucky Hummingbirder Herbs
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tgarden711
Jul 28, 2013 4:08 PM CST
How do you tell a male flower from a female? Confused
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2013 4:20 PM CST
Male flowers, in back of the flower is a slim smooth stem. Female flowers, in back of the flower is a tiny mini fruit that starts growing as soon as it is pollinated.
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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tgarden711
Jul 28, 2013 4:36 PM CST
Thank you! I will try that Hurray!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2013 4:39 PM CST
It is like that on cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and such.
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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tgarden711
Jul 28, 2013 5:50 PM CST
I have had lots of cucumbers but I never looked closely at the flowers. I didn't grow squash this year. I sure didn't know about the male and female flowers. I learned something new today Smiling
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2013 6:04 PM CST
I rarely look at the cucumber flowers that closely myself. But if you do look closely it is easy to see the difference.

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