[NAFEX] OT - Zuchinni pollenation

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Sun Sep 11 09:43:46 EDT 2011


Are they producing female flowers, or only males?

Are you growing only one variety of zucchini, or several?

Are your cucumbers a parthenocarpic strain, that doesn't need  
pollination?


-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale



On Sep 11, 2011, at 8:19 AM, Caren Kirk wrote:

>  For two years in a row I basically have had zero zuchinni  
> prtoduction.
> I thought that last year I was potentially overcrowding them in my  
> main
> vegetable bed (however they had been happy there in the past), so this
> year I gave them a whole separate bed. Despite an abundance of  
> blossoms
> they will not set fruit. So I am questioning if any pollenators are
> visiting them.
>
> Other vegetables are being pollenated at the same time (e.g. eggplant,
> tomtaoes, cucumbers, beans) so there must be some pollenators around.
> I've seen on the internet about hand-pollenating them but to be  
> honest,
> it seems like a lot of hard work in the middle of summer.
>
> Does anyone have any experience with this problem?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Caren Kirk
> St. Jerome QC



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