Pollination Of Cucumbers - Knowledgebase Question

Dresden, OH
Question by jpape
January 9, 2000
I have heard that there are a few varities of cucumbers used commercially that do not need to be pollinated. Do you have a variety that you sell that requires NO pollination.
If so I would be intrested in purchasing some quickly so I could test them in our small greenhouse 8*6 before spring. The ones I have now (Green Knight) require pollinating and I have not been too successful in getting them to produce fruit.


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Answer from NGA
January 9, 2000

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Seedless cucumbers are self-fertile (parthenocarpic) varieties and produce fruit without pollination. The Burpee catalog carries 'Big Burpless' and 'Orient Express'. You can order online at http://www.burpee.com, or phone toll-free (800) 888-1447 to place an order for seeds.

If you're having difficulty with pollination, try using a small brush and "visiting" each open bloom on the plant, gently brushing all inside flower parts, transferring pollen as you go.

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