Pumpkin Fruit Aborting - Knowledgebase Question

Hamden, NY
Question by ljones9
March 19, 1999
How come every year my pumpkins start to get fruit on them it falls off. It's not too dry, either.

Answer from NGA
March 19, 1999


The main cause of failure to set fruit is poor pollination. Sometimes a fruit is partially pollinated and starts to set but then aborts. Be careful not to apply insecticides during bloom as it can kill bees and other pollinator insects. Sometimes diseases can kill a developing fruit by decaying it before it gets a change to grow much. Fungicides are available if needed for such a problem.

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