Ask a Question forum: Many blossoms but no pumpkins.... Why?

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Northern VA
Jul 7, 2017 6:09 PM CST
For the second year we have healthy plants and many blossoms, but no sign of
any pumpkins. Anything we can do?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 7, 2017 6:15 PM CST

Your problem could be one of two things:

1. Your plants never mature to the point of producing female flowers. If that's the case, plant pumpkins that have a shorter growing season. The 'days to harvest' starts counting when you plant the pumpkins out in your garden.

2. Your plants are producing male and female flowers but don't have a pollinator. Get out your little paint brush and learn to pollinate your pumpkins. Take a soft paint brush and dab at the male flower, then dab at the female flower.
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Jul 7, 2017 6:23 PM CST
Or plant some pollinator friendly flowers among your pumpkins - whatever draws bees and such in your area at the time your pumpkins are blooming. Invite them to the feast!
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Northern VA
Jul 7, 2017 9:25 PM CST
Many thanks.

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