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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on 4/29/2014, 8:36 am

I have a few regular and some lemon cucumbers growing. They both have plenty of blooms and the little beginning of cucumbers on them. I think I read somewhere that they don't self pollinate and that we may need to use a small brush to transfer pollen. Is that correct?
It looks like some of the buds are turning brown and falling off and I'm guessing it's because they were not pollinated.
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Post  Boz on 4/29/2014, 10:47 am

Cucumbers have male and female flowers. Are the flowers that turn brown male or female?
I have never had to pollinate cucumbers. For more information see this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq_KNAAG7j0
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/29/2014, 10:51 am

If that's the case, the female flowers will have a small bud behind them.  Males will not.
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Post  camprn on 4/29/2014, 11:12 am

There are numerous back threads about this topic. Use the search feature to find them.

  Cucumbers need a pollinator.

  

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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on 4/29/2014, 12:36 pm

@Boz wrote:Cucumbers have male and female flowers. Are the flowers that turn brown male or female?
I have never had to pollinate cucumbers. For more information see this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq_KNAAG7j0

Female flowers. They ones that actually have the tiny cucumber that never grows. Time to start pollinating! Very Happy
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Post  jimmy cee on 4/29/2014, 2:23 pm

Cucumber beetles pollinate my cuke's
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Post  camprn on 4/29/2014, 2:30 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:Cucumber beetles pollinate my cuke's
Cucumber beetles kill my cukes usually from diseases they carry and infect the plant with.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber_beetle

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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on 4/29/2014, 5:06 pm

@camprn wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:Cucumber beetles pollinate my cuke's
Cucumber beetles kill my cukes usually from diseases they carry and infect the plant with.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber_beetle

I think he was being sarcastic.
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Post  camprn on 4/29/2014, 7:13 pm

@s1rGr1nG0 wrote:
@camprn wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:Cucumber beetles pollinate my cuke's
Cucumber beetles kill my cukes usually from diseases they carry and infect the plant with.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber_beetle

I think he was being sarcastic.
Perhaps, but not everyone will know that, especially new gardeners. Wink 

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Post  boffer on 4/29/2014, 7:40 pm

I like my parthenocarpic cucumbers.

(I would call them self-pollinating so everyone knew what I meant, but Pollinator would come along and rap my knuckles because it's not technically correct!)   Razz
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Post  jimmy cee on 4/30/2014, 8:06 am

@jimmy cee wrote:Cucumber beetles pollinate my cuke's
Yes my apologies I was only trying to make a funny not realizing others out here are not aware of the damage these bugs do.
It's a constant battle for me with them.
I even tried small bottles made up like a flower with cotton balls soaked in eucalyptus oil.
Ran (run) after them with needle nose pliers..feeling immense victory when I have em between the jaws.
Yellow sticky traps, Tanglefoot
This season I may try planting my cuke's later than normal.


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Post  camprn on 4/30/2014, 8:12 am

@jimmy cee wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:Cucumber beetles pollinate my cuke's
Yes my apologies I was only trying to make a funny not realizing others out here are not aware of the damage these bugs do.
It's a constant battle for me with them.
I even tried small bottles made up like a flower with cotton balls soaked in eucalyptus oil.
Ran (run) after them with needle nose pliers..feeling immense victory when I have em between to jaws.
Yellow sticky traps, Tanglefoot
This season I may try planting my cuke's later than normal.
Sometimes I use my dustbuster to suck them off the plants. That can work pretty well. Wink

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Post  sanderson on 4/30/2014, 12:49 pm

. . . only a gardener would go out in the front yard with her dustbuster!  lol! 
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/30/2014, 12:57 pm

(snicker...)  Yeah, but it gives ME a good idea!  My neighbors think I'm strange anyway...

Thanks, Camprn!
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Post  sanderson on 4/30/2014, 1:50 pm

AM,  You wouldn't!!   What a Face   Oh, yes you would and so would I!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/30/2014, 7:47 pm

 

Yep.  Sure would!  Just like you...! 

Maybe I'll do it during the day instead of at night in my bathrobe, though...  Think the dust-buster will work on slugs?
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Post  Triciasgarden on 5/1/2014, 2:36 pm

Ok I am dumb, I thought hummmm I wonder why the cucumber beetles polinate JimmyCee's cucumbers and kill Camprns cucumbers, must be they live in different states.   Embarassed  Razz 

I haven't gotten cucumber beetles here.  I should say that quietly so they don't show up here.  Then I need to go try to find my brain.
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Post  sanderson on 5/1/2014, 3:18 pm

Shhh . . . Me too. I hate to even jinx myself by replying on this topic.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 5/1/2014, 3:19 pm

LOL
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/1/2014, 4:51 pm

Tricia I'm sure the cuke beetles carry some pollen from plant to plant, thus the pollination, then as their pollinating they are also destroying.
Maybe this years cold weather did a job on them, it sure did a job on my ivy..
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Post  Pollinator on 5/1/2014, 10:21 pm

@s1rGr1nG0 wrote:I have a few regular and some lemon cucumbers growing. They both have plenty of blooms and the little beginning of cucumbers on them. I think I read somewhere that they don't self pollinate and that we may need to use a small brush to transfer pollen. Is that correct?
It looks like some of the buds are turning brown and falling off and I'm guessing it's because they were not pollinated.

Cucumbers require pollinators - the plant has separate male and female flowers, and a pollinator must move pollen from the male flowers to the female. Normally this is bees, but if you lack enough bees for 25-30 bee visits on each flower, you can be the pollinator. Here's a more comprehensive explanation of cuke pollination:
http://gardensouth.org/2011/07/21/why-are-my-cucumber-falling-off-or-becoming-deformed/
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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on 5/31/2014, 5:09 pm

Came here to learn about cucumber pollination and found the new dust buster idea. LOVE it. Count me in!
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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on 5/31/2014, 5:16 pm

[quote="Pollinator"]
@s1rGr1nG0 wrote:. Normally this is bees, but if you lack enough bees for 25-30 bee visits on each flower, you can be the pollinator. Here's a more comprehensive explanation of cuke pollination:
http://gardensouth.org/2011/07/21/why-are-my-cucumber-falling-off-or-becoming-deformed/

I don't have anywhere near that number of pollinators, but I see a growing number of the mini cukes with flowers sitting there. Maybe I better get busy and learn to do this hand pollination.
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Post  camprn on 5/31/2014, 6:26 pm

@FeedMeSeeMore wrote:
@Pollinator wrote:
@s1rGr1nG0 wrote:. Normally this is bees, but if you lack enough bees for 25-30 bee visits on each flower, you can be the pollinator. Here's a more comprehensive explanation of cuke pollination:
http://gardensouth.org/2011/07/21/why-are-my-cucumber-falling-off-or-becoming-deformed/

I don't have anywhere near that number of pollinators, but I see a growing number of the mini cukes with flowers sitting there. Maybe I better get busy and learn to do this hand pollination.
Yes you do. A nice little sable paint brush is just the thing.

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Post  sanderson on 6/1/2014, 3:38 am

I bought an assortment pack at Michael's. Larger ones for squash, smaller ones for melons and cucumbers.
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