Hi every one
My pumpkin plant has a female flower which will open by today evening or tomorrow. My plant has many male flowers but none of them seem to open in next 24hrs. Since I don't want female flower to die which will happen eventually if it does not get fertilized, what should I do ? Should I open male flower manually for fertilization? Pl post your advice asap for the survival of first pumpkin on my plant for which the whole family is waiting eagerly.
My second plant is also going to face same situation. Though male flowers formation starts early but they bloom later then female flowers. Why is it so ?
My gardener friends on this forum didn't reply my request but mother nature heard my plea. A male flower opened today and I have done the pollination . Lets see whether it'll be successful or not.
No reason to be sad at all. No one replied because no one knew the answer. Your problem was unique and exceptional. Normally one has a lot of male flowers preceeding even the appearance of a female one. Anyway, hope the pollination is successful. Regards.
Hi md68 & Greenenthu:
Cucurbits including Pumpkin usually produce female flowers on lateral branches and very rarely one on the main stem. To induce the growth of more lateral branches it is suggested to cut off the growing apex of the main branch once flowers appear on it. I have practised this very successfully. Regards.
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