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Knoxville TN
Gossett1980
Jun 16, 2017 7:47 AM CST
My cucumbers have started to produce but they aren't getting any bigger for about three weeks have stayed at about 1 inch in length
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 16, 2017 7:54 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Gossett1980 .

The little cucumber in your photo still has the flower attached, so it doesn't seem likely that it has been there for 3 weeks... but, it IS possible that the flowers aren't getting pollinated and the little cukes are dropping off, and so all you are seeing is the newly-forming 1" cucumbers. Have you been seeing any bees around your cucumber plants at all?
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 16, 2017 7:58 AM CST
I always plant a petunia with the cucumbers to bring the pollinators.
That little cucumber has a female flower which needs to be pollinated before the cuke will grow larger.
Knoxville TN
Gossett1980
Jun 16, 2017 8:02 AM CST
I haven't seen any bees around and yes they just keep getting the bloom on all of them my tomatoes are planted next to them and have tomatoes already on them. Plus I see alot of ants crawling on the cucumbers and plants
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 16, 2017 9:05 AM CST
Tomatoes are self pollinating, so they aren't dependent on insects to help them set fruit.

If you're seeing a lot of ants, I wonder if there might be aphids on your plants? Check the undersides of the leaves for tiny insects...
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Knoxville TN
Gossett1980
Jun 16, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Have checked and didn't see any since I haven't seen any bees I'm guessing my only choice is to pollinate them myself
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 16, 2017 9:11 AM CST
Hand pollinating would certainly be an option Smiling
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Gossett1980
Jun 16, 2017 9:14 AM CST
Thanks for the advice I tip my hat to you.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 16, 2017 1:14 PM CST
Cucumbers need a male flower to pollinate the female. Male flower has no baby cucumber on it.
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Name: Chris
Vero Beach Florida (Zone 9b)
Chris772
Jun 16, 2017 4:27 PM CST
I had the same problem when I started my cucumbers. I ended up using a small paintbrush to collect the pollen from the male flowers and used that to pollinate the baby cukes. It's a little extra work but at least you know they're pollinated Big Grin
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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Weedwhacker
Jun 16, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Chris772 .

It's always helpful to hear from someone who had the same problem and was able to solve it! Thumbs up
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