[NAFEX] OT - Zuchinni pollenation

Caren Kirk quirky at videotron.ca
Sun Sep 11 17:50:13 EDT 2011


  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 using!

Is there something that causes the plant only to set male flowers?

Feeling terribly zucchini-deprived but searching for recipes for blossoms,

Caren.

On 9/11/2011 2:36 PM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
> 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
>> 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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