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Tomcikustoniomcikus
Jul 29, 2015 1:52 PM CST
Why are the flowers fall off?
Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 29, 2015 3:59 PM CST
Hello, Welcome! Welcome! I will not even try to pronounce your name; I will call you Tom. Where are you located, Tom?

Pumpkins have male flowers and female flowers.
At the base of the female flower you will see a tiny bulge that will become the fruit/pumpkin.
Male flowers last only a few days...the female flower will stay open only for a day or two.
It is up the the pollinators such as bees to transfer the pollen from one flower to the other at the optimum time.

Sometimes there are lots of male flowers and hardly any female flowers; this is normal.

If you have planted enough seeds you can hope to have successful pollination. You can hand pollinate to increase you chance of having fruit.
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Tomcikustoniomcikus
Jul 29, 2015 4:12 PM CST
Thank you, Ithink i'm in trouble a friend gave me one plant, it must be a male.However,I am. Female please call me. T and also e mail is tomcikus@yahoo.com.again thanks! T
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Weedwhacker
Jul 29, 2015 6:26 PM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, T @Tomcikustoniomcikus !

I agree with what Greene said, but fortunately the plants aren't either male or female... they have both types of flowers on the same plant. Usually the male flowers will open first, then some female ones will start -- which can be identified by the small pumpkin/squash/zucchini just below the flower.

Here's a photo of an interesting double golden zucchini that I had last year, showing the unopened flowers on the end...

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 29, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Oops, guess I will call you "T" and not Tom.
It's not a good idea to include your email address in a public post; please consider using the 'edit' in the lower right corner. Thank You!

One plant has both male and female flowers; having more than one plant just increases the odds of getting fruit. If a neighbor has a similar plant the bees will find it and your plant can get pollinated. Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

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