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Post  shannon1 on 5/22/2011, 2:59 am

I was woundering how many others have been forced to hand pollenate due to lack of bees.   Anyone?

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Post  camprn on 5/22/2011, 6:37 am

I hand pollinated my squash and cukes last year. There were bees but not a lot of them.

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Post  quiltbea on 5/22/2011, 7:08 am

I've had bees already in my garden, probably because of my early alpine strawberries, but only a rare one now and then.

For tomatoes you don't have to worry. They self-pollinate but it won't hurt to tap their branches whenever you're passing by to be sure of good coverage.

You can also bring out a soft, clean artist's brush to help some of your crops if you have concernrs. Just stroke the brush lightly across the blossoms, from one to the others.

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Post  pelujilla on 5/22/2011, 7:54 am

I am wondering if I must hand pollinate my cukes...I have tons of blooms and no cukes yet?

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/22/2011, 11:23 am

Pelujilla,

Do you have both male and female blossoms yet? Very often the first flush of blossoms is all male.

FEMALE CUCUMBER BLOSSOM HAS FRUIT AT THE BASE
MALE CUCUMBER BLOSSOM - NO FRUIT AT THE BASE

Once you have both male and female blossoms, you could watch first to see if the bees or other pollinators are visiting. If not, get in there with your paintbrush or q-tip and have at it.

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Post  elliephant on 5/22/2011, 11:42 am

I have to hand pollinate. Sometimes we get bees, sometimes we don't.

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Post  Kelejan on 5/22/2011, 3:19 pm

We even get sex-ed here. Very Happy

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/22/2011, 5:01 pm

Yes, Kelejan. It is an important part of life in the garden Rolling Eyes

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Post  pelujilla on 5/22/2011, 5:26 pm

@Furbalsmom wrote:Pelujilla,

Do you have both male and female blossoms yet? Very often the first flush of blossoms is all male.

FEMALE CUCUMBER BLOSSOM HAS FRUIT AT THE BASEYes, I have those but once the bloom falls off, it shrivels up...
MALE CUCUMBER BLOSSOM - NO FRUIT AT THE BASE

Once you have both male and female blossoms, you could watch first to see if the bees or other pollinators are visiting. If not, get in there with your paintbrush or q-tip and have at it.

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Post  pelujilla on 5/22/2011, 5:27 pm

UGh can you see my post in between your pics? LOL
I have both male and female blooms but once the bloom on the female falls off it shrivels up...

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Post  camprn on 5/22/2011, 5:35 pm

@pelujilla wrote:UGh can you see my post in between your pics? LOL
I have both male and female blooms but once the bloom on the female falls off it shrivels up...
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This would indicate failed or no pollination. I had the same trouble last year until I began hand pollinating with a small paint brush.

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Post  pelujilla on 5/22/2011, 5:42 pm

@camprn wrote:
@pelujilla wrote:UGh can you see my post in between your pics? LOL
I have both male and female blooms but once the bloom on the female falls off it shrivels up...
Shocked
This would indicate failed or no pollination. I had the same trouble last year until I began hand pollinating with a small paint brush.

Sigh...off to Michael's to buy a small paintbrush.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/22/2011, 5:43 pm

That just means the flower was not pollinated. If they were pollinated, the cucumbers would not shrivel and fall off the vine.

Here is an old video on hand pollinating squash (same way you do cucumbers) take the time to watch the whole thing, he shows you how to hand pollinate, then discusses squash bugs and how soon to pick the summer squash

Hand Pollinate

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Post  sanderson on 9/26/2016, 12:51 pm

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Post  camprn on 9/26/2016, 2:57 pm

OMG! you're grave digging  Sanderson! Razz

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Post  sanderson on 9/26/2016, 6:57 pm

Some of those oldies but goodies are just as good today as they were back when the Forum was started! Is it the reunion rubbing off on me?

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Post  camprn on 9/27/2016, 8:11 am

@sanderson wrote:Some of those oldies but goodies are just as good today as they were back when the Forum was started!  Is it the reunion rubbing off on me?
So true!

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