pumpkin has lots of flowers but no pumpkins - Knowledgebase Question

hamburg, pa
Question by tiredmomdm
July 25, 2006
same as title

Answer from NGA
July 25, 2006


Pumpkins will start out by producing male flowers, then soon will also produce female flowers. (Female flowers have a bulge at the base.) It may be that your vine is still producing only male flowers. If there are female flowers as well, then there is a pollination problem. Using floating row covers will exclude the pollenating insects, or chemical use or rain can interfere for example, or a lack of pollinating insects in general can cause this. You can move the pollen by hand using a soft bristled brush, dab from male to female flowers. Good luck with your pumpkin crop!

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