Vegetables and Fruit forum: Pollinating Pumpkins!

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Corye11
Jul 22, 2017 9:03 AM CST
Hi All,

Any idea how to hand pollinate pumpkins?

Thanks!
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Jul 22, 2017 10:14 AM CST
All squash including pumpkins have separate male and female flowers. I just take a male flower, strip the petals and then rub the pistil which contains the pollen onto the ovary of the female flower. Quick and simple. Some folks use small paint brushes to pollen the pollen and apply it to the female flower. I am not so dainty. Note that this needs to be done early in the morning. Blossoms tend to close in the afternoon.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 22, 2017 8:34 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Corye11 .

Good advice from Farmerdill, above; I hope that will help you out!
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