[NAFEX] OT - Zuchinni pollenation
ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Sun Sep 11 18:42:45 EDT 2011
Sometimes zucchini has only male flowers to start and later female
flowere grow. Getting late in the season for you. I noticed that
squash and pumpkins often produce a lot of male flowers and few
female. The unusual weather probably has something to do with it. If
you just wait the female flowers will appear but the frosts will
---- Original Message ----
From: quirky at videotron.ca
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] OT - Zuchinni pollenation
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 17:50:13 -0400
> Rivka and Ernest,
>OK now I'm a bit better informed, I went to check the flowers and
>they're all male! How does that work? This is commercial seed I'm
>Is there something that causes the plant only to set male flowers?
>Feeling terribly zucchini-deprived but searching for recipes for
>On 9/11/2011 2:36 PM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
>> Zucchini usually produce zucchinis with wild abandon. Are you
>> a weird variety that just has male flowers? Are you cutting the
>> vines short leaving only male flowers?
>> ---- Original Message ----
>> From: organic87 at frontiernet.net
>> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] OT - Zuchinni pollenation
>> Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 09:43:46 -0400
>>> 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
>>> -- 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
>>>> I thought that last year I was potentially overcrowding them in
>>>> vegetable bed (however they had been happy there in the past), so
>>>> year I gave them a whole separate bed. Despite an abundance of
>>>> they will not set fruit. So I am questioning if any pollenators
>>>> visiting them.
>>>> Other vegetables are being pollenated at the same time (e.g.
>>>> tomtaoes, cucumbers, beans) so there must be some pollenators
>>>> I've seen on the internet about hand-pollenating them but to be
>>>> it seems like a lot of hard work in the middle of summer.
>>>> Does anyone have any experience with this problem?
>>>> Caren Kirk
>>>> St. Jerome QC
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