[NAFEX] OT - Zuchinni pollenation

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Sun Sep 11 14:36:36 EDT 2011

Zucchini usually produce zucchinis with wild abandon.  Are you using
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  
>> 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
>> 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.
>> tomtaoes, cucumbers, beans) so there must be some pollenators
>> 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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