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Topic: Edible Plants
Posted by Elee (email@example.com) from Ca on 2002-06-26 18:24:21
I had to reset them two times and finaly they grew but almost no cucumbers so far. Is this the year of no cukes?
Same thing as the watermelonAre you getting blossoms?
Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-06-27 07:19:03
Are there male and female blossoms?
Are there bees around to pollinate these blossoms?
cucumberQuoting Kimm: ------------
Posted by Elee (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Ca zone 9 on 2002-06-27 13:34:50
-Are you getting blossoms?
-Are there male and female blossoms?
-Are there bees around to pollinate these blossoms?
there are blossoms and lots of bees.
I'll ttry more water. They are planted between a squash and a tomato.
Any way that may be a problem?
Blossoms, no fruitsYou may not have the right bees. Apparently there are only a couple of species of bees that will pollinate cucurbits. Also check your blossoms to be sure there are both male and female around, a female blossom will have the ovary right behind the blossom, between the blossom and the stem while a male won't.
Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-06-28 07:14:54
If both types of blossoms are there you may need to hand pollinate. Take a male blossom, peel off the petals, and waggle the Anthers around the female blossom so contact is made with the Stigma. One male blossom should be able to pollinate 5 females.